19th July 2021, 6:45 pm
Kake became Tom’s alter ego, he was the spirit within Tom that was up for anything and always ready for more. He was definitely a man’s man who knew how to get what he wanted and how to please another man. Tom influenced not just how we felt about being homosexual, he also altered the role of the top man. He liberated tops from the restrictions they dare not go beyond—sucking cock and getting fucked. Kake had no guidelines—he just wanted action—and did what came naturally to him.
For the real-life prototype of Kake, the sexy hero of the books, Tom used Eero. Eero was a Finn from the rugged northland, and he looked it. Tom had met him in Stockholm, where he had moved just before Tom started work on the first Kake book. Eero loved posing, in uniform or out of it, and nobody looked better in leather than he did. Eero’s perfect Tom of Finland face and physique partly inspired the Kake series. He also had the perfect Tom of Finland personality, mischievous yet masculine.
The photo Tom took of Eero can currently be seen in TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom in New York. On the back cover of Gay Hero we see Kake from Pleasure Park.
When Tom started using models it did create one problem: He had to get actual live men to pose somehow. Slowly, shyly, and only if the circumstances were exactly right, he began to ask men whom he thought handsome and well built to pose for him. To his naive surprise, when he approached them… View Article
30th Apr 2021 – 19th Aug 2021 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – Visitors to New York City museums, art fairs, and art galleries will now be required to show proof of vaccination starting 17th August 2021. The exhibition consists of photographic portraits which served as reference images for his famed homoerotic drawings. These photographs were confined to Tom of Finland’s home studio and darkroom, displaying […]
As a new exhibition of Tom of Finland’s photographs opens, Miss Rosen examines this relatively unexplored side to the hugely influential artist’s work “Tom never thought that anything other than his finished drawings would be of interest or value to the public and his collector base,” president of Tom of Finland Foundation… View Article
Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious – Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style. A virtuoso of drawing, he fashioned the silhouette of a new Gay man – strong, confident, joyful and assertive – fully participating in the visibility and recognition of the nascent Homosexual movement. With text authorized by the artist… View Article
19th July 2021
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