While some may not know the name Touko Laaksonen, they will unmistakably recognize his homoerotic, fetish art.
Better known as Tom of Finland — the Finnish artist who’s had a huge influence on late 20th century gay culture — has become an icon within and beyond the LGBTQ community for his stylized, drawings of leather clad and nude muscle men.
Finnish director Dome Karukoski will bring the artist and his story to the big screen with an eponymous biopic that will debut in the U.S. at the Tribeca Film Festivalon April 23.
The film follows Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) as he served in World War II, his artistic career and his induction into Los Angeles’ gay scene during the 1950s.
The foundation’s work is to preserve and promote Tom of Finland art. The foundation’s archives include not only the largest collection of Tom’s work, but also the largest archive of erotic art in the world — more than 100,000 items.