The Secret History of Homoerotic Illustration
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Tom of Finland born Tuoko Laaksonen, — , was an iconic and ground-breaking artist who rose to cult status in the international queer community and beyond for his work celebrating the male figure and masculinity during a time when being homosexual was taboo. Created in partnership with Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero is a beautifully detailed account full of never, or rarely seen, materials from his archive. The text was completed just a few months before the death of the artist and he was interviewed at length for it—making this book the only fully approved biography of the legend responsible for creating the muscled, mustachioed gay archetype of the s and '70s. This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:. Until you earn points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.
Through homoerotic art, Tom of Finland paved way for today's gay pride
Through sheer force of imagination, the artist was able to manifest a hyper-real, hypermasculine style of queer erotic illustration that would end up inspiring not just legions of visual artists but entire subcultures. Any time a stylist puts a young pop star in a leather biker cap for a magazine shoot, the impact of Tom of Finland is not far-off. The year marks the centennial of the birth of this artist, born Touko Valio Laaksonen, who died in Exhibitions, both virtual and in reopened spaces, have been staged or planned in locales as far-flung as Los Angeles , London , Tokyo, Paris , Berlin and Tallinn, Estonia.
Sign up to get notified when this product is back in stock. The Comics is the most affordable compilation of Tom of Finland's popular panel stories. This volume features 14 stories, including the first completed by Tom in , and the last, done in