Tom of Finland lived here

22nd August 2020, 7:31 am

Image Credit: Lehtikuva READ THE ARTICLE BY OLIVER SMITH

FINNISH LGBT ICON AND CELEBRATED EROTIC ARTIST TOM OF FINLAND
(born Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991)
has received a commemorative plaque outside of his former Ullanlinna home today
in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

The plaque unveiling was organized by MSC Finland, a fetish group that has celebrated and promoted the artistry of Tom of Finland in Helsinki for more than 30 years. In attendance at today’s unveiling was Mr. Fetish Finland of 2020 and members of MSC Finland, as well as fans of his life and work.

Tom of Finland made an international name for himself producing his unique style of homoerotic art in the 1960s and 1970s, which received a positive reception in artistic and queer communities in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Today his work is protected and promoted via Tom of Finland Foundation, a non-profit that is headquartered in his former home in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Tom lived at Tehtaankatu 7, where the plaque was unveiled, from 1969-1984. It was during this period where he was most prolific, producing some of his most well-known and celebrated works. The artist was also honoured with a pop-up exhibition of his posters at Alakulttuurikeskus Loukko.


 

 

VIDEO BY EINO NURMISTO

Unveiled by Mr. Fetish Finland 2020

 

Antti Kauppinen of MSC Finland – TOM’s Club, Susanna Luoto of Tom of Finland Foundation, Matu Kormano – designer of plague

TOM’S LEATHER DEVELOPMENT


Unveiling of Tom of Finland plaque

22nd Aug 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Memorial for Tom of Finland in Helsinki To honor the centenary of the birth of artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen 1920-1991), he will receive a memorial plaque on the façade of the apartment building, “Sampsa”, in Helsinki where he and his partner Veli Mäkinen (1932-1981) lived between 1969-1984. The two-phased memorial plaque contest […]


Tom is honored for his centenary at two Helsinki events in August

You can join the unveiling on Saturday, and afterwards meet everyone at the exhibition till 3p!    


TOM’s Memorial Plaque Competition | Helsinki

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, born 1920 Kaarina, died 1991 Helsinki)

Published: 22nd August 2020

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