Black men in Tom’s world. Tom portrayed men of different races and different skin colors as equals, acting out their natural sexualities long before it was conventionally acceptable to do so.
There is no point in using the term intercourse; Tom would only find it demeaning. His men were basic and unpretentious, following their manly instincts and enjoying every minute of it.
There was a period when Tom’s primary market was Bob Mizer’s magazine, Physique Pictorial. Mizer commissioned work from Tom on a monthly basis, but his drawings of Black men couldn’t be printed in the U.S. at the time, being deemed unacceptable.
This didn’t deter Tom, who drew whatever he found desirable. Tom depicted interracial sex and showed men getting plowed by both races. He found this naturally appealing, and put the same amount of detail into his renderings of Black men as he did of White.
Tom portrayed men of different races and different skin colors as equals
Tom’s portrayals of men of color found their market through European publishers. Tourists would purchase them abroad, bring them home to the States, then reproduce them and send copies to friends. It wasn’t that Gays of that era weren’t enjoying interracial friendships or sexual relations, but visual depictions of such activity were strictly taboo.
Over the years, the occasional critic has depicted Tom in a less than favorable light, asserting that his drawings were somehow disrespectful to the Black male.
This is simply not the case. In Tom’s world Black men are forces of maleness, possessing as much testosterone as their White brothers; equal and equally desirable. Rather, once again we find Tom doing his part to bring males together through mutual pleasure and camaraderie.
Tom portrayed men of different races and different skin colors as equals, acting out their natural sexualities long before it was conventionally acceptable to do so.
Tom of Finland’s Explicit Art Radically Changed How We View Gay Sexuality
Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”.
Tom of Finland’s given name was Touko – because he was born on 8th May 1920, on the southwest coast of Finland, and May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”. Read more: Tom of Finland’s Explicit Art Radically Changed How We View Gay Sexuality
About Tom of Finland Foundation
In 1984, the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) was established by Durk Dehner and his friend Tom. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homoerotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response.
Today ToFF continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.