The year 2020—on May 8, 2020 to be precise—marks late Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen’s (1920–1991) 100th birthday. We all know him as Tom of Finland, the man behind the 3,500 iconic illustrations of “men in various states of undress and coupling” that changed the way gay men perceive themselves.
Before he was conscripted into the Finnish Army on February 1940 to serve during the World War II, he was already drawing erotic images for his own pleasure but he was forced to destroy his artworks as he had no safe place to store them. This was a conservative time, a deeply homophobic era when gay pornography and homosexuality itself was illegal. But he managed to surmount all these challenges and today, Touko Laaksonen is best remembered for his homoerotic fetish art of muscular men that served as the catalyst for his notable influence on the “late twentieth century gay culture.” Cultural historian Joseph W. Slade called him the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images.”
These days, Tom of Finland’s stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art “have appeared on shopping bags, bed sheets, paper products, aprons and fire blankets, thanks to the Foundation’s collaborations with Finnish companies such as Finlayson, Putinki and Jalo Helsinki.” And of course, there’s also XR Brands whole line of Tom of Finland pleasure tools such as lubricants, restraints, insertables, cock & ball gear, and Tom’s cock inspired by Touko Laaksonen’s body of work.
More importantly, Adam4Adam Store is having a promo of up to 40 percent off on our Tom of Finland sex toys in honor of Touko Laaksonen’s 100th birthday. Offer is good until stocks last only so hurry and get yours now! Oh, and every time you buy a single Tom of Finland product, you will also be helping someone with their art as a portion of proceeds benefit Tom of Finland Foundation which is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting erotic art.
All that being said, if you want to know more about the life and works of Tom of Finland, click here. You may also view some of his artworks here. Want to check out the entire Tom of Finland’s Pleasure Tools collection on Adam4Adam Store? Click here.