Traveling the World of Tom: Rachel Mason x Durk Dehner

25th September 2020, 4:57 pm

Rachel Mason and Durk Dehner

“You can’t force cultural ways to continue – but you can document them.” 

– Durk Dehner, President & Cofounder, Tom of Finland Foundation

Available today on the ToFF Patreon:

Traveling the World of TOM: A Talk with Rachel Mason and Durk Dehner at Circus of Books 

What are the spaces, both online and off, where our histories reside? Where did we get to see lives that look like ours, art that captures who we are? How do we document who we are?

In 1988, Tom of Finland had the signing for his first fine art book at Circus of Books, a bookstore that had one of the largest distributions of adult content at the time. Circus of Books, which had stores in both the West Hollywood and Silver Lake areas of Los Angeles, was a family-owned piece of LGBTQ history. Recently, Durk got together with Rachel Mason, the daughter of the Circus of Books owners, to discuss the importance of documenting our histories, as well as the recent release of Tom’s biography, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero. Rachel’s documentary Circus of Books was executive produced by Ryan Murphy and is currently streaming on Netflix

Sign up at the Hook-Up Date tier for a 8 minute teaser. Full interview is available at our TOM’s Daddy tier. 

Many thanks to Chi Chi LaRue and Rob Novinger at Circus of Books for making this shoot possible.


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“I was born to be the gay porn heiress of Los Angeles,” says Rachel Mason inside the sauna-hot dressing room of the East Hollywood club Faultline. Dressed in black-and-red-leather shorts, fishnet stockings, metal-studded white ankle boots, and a Warhol platinum wig framing her Kiss-like eye makeup, the 41-year-old performance artist and filmmaker is fresh off… View Article

“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

“Circus of Books” | 16th March | NY

Wilder Alison, Ron Athey, Adam Baran, Bengala, Erik Bergrin, Michael Bilsborough, Raynes Birkbeck, Seth Bogart, Chris Bogia, Kathe Burkhart, Deric Carner, Chivas Clem, Scott Covert, Vaginal Davis, Anne Doran, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Ruben Esparza, Tom of Finland, Karen Finley, Benjamin Fredrickson, ektor garcia, Mariah Garnett, Mark Golamco, Jeff Grant, Michelle Handelman, Charles Hovland, Scott… View Article


The WORLD of TOM on Patreon

We are so excited to be opening the gates of TOM House—now available on Patreon. You can sign up for The WORLD of TOM Patreon page and gain access to behind the scenes footage of Tom of Finland Foundation, never seen before documents, ephemera and much more. Tom of Finland and his partner Durk Dehner… View Article

Published: 25th September 2020

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