SPORTSMEN BY TOM OF FINLAND CALENDAR 2017
The year 2016 is over and 2017 is here to stay. Did you buy your calendar already?. Somewhere to write down the next party, your sexy date or gaycation or just your new fitness schedule!!! PINK IN OUR LIVES will show each day in January a new calendar that you could use at home to hang in your room, toilet or bathroom. Most of them give their proceeds to a good cause, so your family won’t think you are just a horny little devil. Maybe that’s why you should have more than one new calendar hanging around.
The ideal man times twelve. Tom of Finland created fantasies that photography cannot reproduce. What distinguishes Tom of Finland is that he created erotic works with an absolute masterstroke of his pencil. The well-rounded Tom’s man engages in every sort of recreational play, assuming the role of a swimmer and a soccer player, among others. A must-have for fans of Tom of Finland!
The list of artists who had major influence on the gay movement is rather short, since the movement itself is just a few decades old. But without a doubt Tom of Finland has to be included, the man whose amazing drawings tell us everything about love, lust and life of those hunks who have a good heart and live a simple life. No other artist has done so much to define gay masculinity in the public mind as Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland. The rough and manly men in his “dirty drawings” have become archetypes for more than one generation of gay men, influencing the work of artists as diverse as Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Freddie Mercury.
Touko Valio Laaksonen (8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991), best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, was a Finnish artist known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic fetish art, and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade. Over the course of four decades, he produced some 3500 illustrations, mostly featuring men with exaggerated primary and secondary sex traits, wearing tight or partially removed clothing.
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Lesley Middleton, owner of PINK IN OUR LIVES