Tom of Finland Events – Past and Present

16th April 2021, 9:36 am


2000 Tom of Finland Art Fair

Events held in Los Angeles at TOM House and Tom-related activities.

Flash Back Gallery
These photos should captivate your mind and stir your sexual energy –
Tom would have it no other way.

Tom of Finland (TOM) House, located in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, has hosted Tom of Finland Art Fairs, California B&B Corps holiday dinners, cocktail receptions during LA Leather Pride Week and Tom’s own holiday party. Around town, years ago, Art Fairs were held in West Hollywood, and more recently, Tom’s Bar at Fautltine (for 26 years) and events at Rough Trade.

Los Angeles is proud of its Leather community’s legacy and Tom of Finland Foundation has been one of the things that makes LA great.

Thank you to Robert Green and Motorboot Photography for the use of many of the photos in this gallery.

Tom of Finland – 101st Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Fotografiska in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation produced The Darkroom, an exciting study in artist Tom of Finland’s life and work process. The exhibition, curated by Berndt Arell, travels from Stockholm to New York in time for Tom of Finland’s 101st birthday, 8th May 2021.

As part of the Tom of Finland 101 celebration is a new special edition of Tom’s fully-illustrated biography, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, by F. Valentine Hooven, III. Take a course in how Tuoko Laaksonen became Tom of Finland, the iconic and groundbreaking, internationally renowned artist and experience his positive portrayal of confident gay men with a section devoted to The Darkroom.


“TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom”

30th Apr 2021 – 20th Aug 2021 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm –       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 them elsewhere would have risked a prison sentence, as homosexuality was criminalized and classified as a mental disorder in his native Finland at […]

“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases

  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

#TomOfFinland101 – Be one of Tom’s Men

On 8th May, one of the founding fathers of gay fetish, Tom of Finland, celebrates 101 years since his birth. The artwork Tom created, and the fetish men he envisaged, changed the way the entire world looked upon fetish and kink. By celebrating the male form in leather, uniform, sportswear, suits, and many other forms… View Article

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