The drawings are clear-some are funny. Alternatively, it would make a great gift for a gay friend and it is at a very acceptable price on Amazon. The Comics is the most affordable compilation of Tom of Finland's popular panel stories. By day, he did freelance artwork - advertising, window displays, fashion design. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic
Once he could devote his efforts full-time to his erotic drawing, Tom combined photorealistic attention to detail with his wildest sexual fantasies to produce a body of work that, for sheer homoerotism, will probably never be surpassed. The fetish for police and military uniforms and the leather-clad look — often including a cap, chaps and biker jacket — worn by Freddie MercuryFrankie Goes to Hollywood and, of course, Glenn Hughes, the leatherman from the Village Peoplewas directly inspired by his work. Instead, much of the film focuses on the struggles Laaksonen endured as a gay man in conservative Finland, from facing jail as a young man after a pick-up went awry, to facing constant pressure from his younger sister never to express his true identity, since she believed it would bring shame on the family. The book includes an introduction to Touko Laaksonen, otherwise known as Tom of Finland, and reproduces an unpublished comic beautifully coloured along with Kake 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, Beach Boys 1 and 2 and Jack 1 to 3. In the meantime, he nurtures gay artists at the Tom of Finland Foundation, where they can stay at the house and make work; a biennial erotic art contest has lured judges including Helmut Lang and Elmgreen and Dragset. By the late 60s Tom's "dirty drawings" became the standard for gay art, and Tom's Men a template for a new gay masculinity.
Each page features a plate taken from Tom's comics and beautifully reproduced on heavy stock gloss paper with the black and white artwork coloured with sepia. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Urho was the first in a long line of heroes to hold Tom's attention while he memorized every flex of their lean muscles, every humorous twist of their full lips. Each of five page volumes features eight or more complete stories, including all twenty-six episodes of "Kake", Tom's infamous ultimate leatherman.