Finland Honors Homoerotic Artist Tom of Finland with a Series of Postage Stamps

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Finland Honors Homoerotic Artist Tom of Finland with a Series of Postage Stamps

This is so great – I’ve admired Tom of Finland’s work for a very long time.

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Last week the United States unveiled a stamp to commemorate Harvey Milk, now Finland has announced it’s honoring homoerotic artist Tom of Finland with a series of stamps showcasing his provocative work.

Finland’s postal agency Itella Posti Oy will release three stamps in September honoring the work of the artist Tom of Finland. The postal agency has declared that Tom of Finland, the working name of artist Touko Laaksonen, is one of the best known Finish artists in the world.

“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. … The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer,” declared the Postal Service.

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