Tom of Finland: An interview with Dome Karukoski
No other artist has done so much to define gay masculinity in the public mind as Touko Laaksonen, known around the world as Tom of Finland. After returning home from serving his country in World War II, Touko finds life in Finland during peacetime equally distressing. He finds that Helsinki is rampant with the persecution of the homosexual and men around him are being pressured to marry women and have children.
Tom finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free from inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – becomes an . . .
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