Few artists have been as influential in the area of homoerotic and gay pornographic imagery as Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland. The illustrator’s works are easily recognized by their depictions of hypermasculine archetypes like lumberjacks, leathermen, bikers, and sailors in sexual, but at times intimate, situations with other men.
The adult art—sure to make a prude blush permanently—has found its way into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and travelled the world in international exhibits.
Now, the publishers at Rizzoli, editor Michael Reynolds, and writer Mayer Rus, are releasing Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, a book that gives a look into the private home of the artist, and the many pieces of memorabilia stored there. The home is described as, “Nestled in a leafy, residential section of Los Angeles is the house were Tom of Finland lived and worked during the last decade of his life. Part shrine, part haven, part art-historical archive and part utopian collective, the house serves as a living tribute to the artists's astonishing oeuvre and his radical vision of unapologetic homoerotic sexuality."
Despite what the drawings might suggest, the house is surprisingly domestic, but not without its flairs: mostly lots of male genitalia. See for yourself, above, in a few excerpts from the book.
Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles is available now here.
TOM OF FINLAND AND DURK DEHNER
PHOTOS COURTESY MARTYN THOMPSON