May 8th is Tom of Finland day, marking Tom's (née Touko Laaksonen) birthday.
Tom served in the Finnish military during World War II, which heavily influenced the highly masculinized style of his art.
Tom of Finland’s art brought gay leather culture to the mainstream.
When asked if he was embarrassed about drawing men having sex, he said: “I work very hard to make sure that the men I draw having sex are proud men having happy sex!” (bootlicking et. al.)
Run, don’t walk...
... to our Special Presentation of Tom of Finland at #InsideOut17 on Friday, May 26 at 9:15pm.