“Attending one of Helsinki’s art institutes turned out to be just a dream, beyond the limited means of his school teacher parents. He would have to take a more roundabout, cheaper path to his ambition. The best he could do was to enroll in a marketing and advertising school, which was to be the perfect compromise between his own artistic aspirations and the solid, middle-class career envisioned for him by his family. By studying advertising, he would learn drawing and develop as an artist while he simultaneously laid a solid foundation for a sensible career.”
Tom took a correspondence course in marketing and advertising after completing secondary school in Turku in 1939.
Published: 20th April 2021Tags: #TomOfFinland101, 101 Quiz, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero