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7 Ways To Live Your Best Tom Of Finland Life

For your inner macho man.

Tom of Finland’s hypersexualized drawings of muscular men have been a staple of gay culture for decades, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

The gay erotic artist, born Touko Laaksonen, died in 1991, but his popularity has only grown. For fans of Finland’s famous export, here are seven ways to get the most out of your Tom of Finland obsession.

  1. Watch The Tom Of Finland Biopic

    Learn how Touko Laaksonen became Tom of Finland in Dome Karukoski’s film that tells the backstory of the erotic artist. The movie had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and was picked up by Kino Lorber for a theatrical release in the U.S.

    Click here to stay up to date on future screenings, including Outfest in Los Angeles this month.

  2. Upgrade Your Sext Life With A Tom Of Finland Emoji

    Tom of Finland Foundation

    Finland became the first country in the world to publish its own set of national emojis this year, and included one to represent the artist’s legendary work. The Tom of Finland emoji was partly created to celebrate the fact that same-sex marriage become legal in Finland on March 1, and you can head here to collect one of your very own.

  3. Take The Tom Of Finland Experience Tour

    Plan a vacation to the artist’s homeland and sign up for the Tom of Finland Experience Tour. Follow in Laaksonen’s footsteps as you travel through the streets of his hometown of Helsinki on the tour, which starts with an audiovisual experience combining his art, interviews and favorite music.

  4. Visit L.A.’s Tom Of Finland House

    Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

    After his first solo exhibition in L.A. in 1978, Tom of Finland fell in love with the city and began splitting his time between Finland and this two-story home in Echo Park. In 1984, Laaksonen and homeowner Durk Dehner created the Tom of Finland Foundation in the house, and it was approved by the L.A. City Council in 2016 to become a historic-cultural monument.

  5. Make Your Bed With Tom Of Finland Sheets And Pillowcases

    If it’s been your dream to get into bed with the men of Tom of Finland, then you’ll want to get your hands on these products from Finlayson.

    Finlayson

    The artist’s erotic drawings are featured on duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets and more, created in collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation.

  6. Stay Warm With “Tom’s Coat”

    TOFS/TOM OF FINLAND X NICOPANDA

    Add a little style to your Tom of Finland obsession with this faux fur coat from Tom of Finland x Nicopanda. The coat’s pink lining features the artist’s work and part of the proceeds benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation.

  7. Follow Tom Of Finland Brand Ambassador Terry Miller On Instagram

    Swimsuit model and It Gets Better project co-founder Terry Miller looks like he just stepped out of a Tom of Finland drawing, so it’s no wonder that he was recently named the first official ambassador for Tom of Finland’s U.S. store.

    Dan Savage’s husband can be seen modeling leggings and t-shirts featuring Laaksonen’s erotic art (when he’s wearing clothes at all), and even provides discounts by doling out deal codes like #ThanksDaddy.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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