Although we clearly associate Tom of Finland’s lustful portraits of self-confident cops, cowboys, farmers and men in black leather with the USA, Tom’s rise as a gay icon did not begin in his native Finland or in the USA. Of all conceivable places, it was precisely the north German Hamburg and outstanding personalities of the local gay scene that led to the artist’s very first exhibition, a bar named after him and furnished with his works, two murals and the creation of the world’s largest collection since the 1970s of his works came into private hands. Regular orders for advertising material for gay events in the Hanseatic city allowed Tom to quit his job in an advertising agency – and become a freelance artist.
Published: 13th September 2020Tags: #TOMs100, Galerie Judin, Made in Germany, Queer.de
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