Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991)

7th November 2022, 1:37 pm


In the final stages of his [emphysema], Tom moved back to Helsinki. One evening, [Durk] Dehner received a call from Finland.

“You’ll never guess what I just watched on TV!”

“I’m on the news, they talk about the new biography book and the Daddy and the Muscle Academy documentary“, Tom exclaimed.

It was the only time that the artist’s work was promoted in Finland during his lifetime, after being awarded the Puupäähattu Award by the Finnish Comics Society in 1990. Ilppo Pohjola’s documentary on Tom of Finland also won a Jussi Award.

“At the same time, the discussion was a kind of farewell. We both knew that time was running out. It felt important that he could experience all he had so deeply loved before his death. ”

Lung disease eventually took Tom’s power, and he died in November 1991.

Tom of Finland lived here

  Durk Dehner, cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, was a close friend, beloved, co-worker, manager and sparring member of Tom (born Touko Laaksonen). He has made his life’s work to maintain and protect the art of Tom of Finland. In this upstairs bedroom, Tom slept and drew. Tom’s life in Los Angeles in the… View Article


Published: 7th November 2022


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