Celebrate Tom of Finland Day | 8th May 2016 | EVERYWHERE

Bar. Beach. Bowling Alley. Back Alley. BBQ. Bedroom.



Wherever you are. Raise your glasses.
Celebrate Tom of Finland’s (Touko Laaksonen’s) Birthday.
Throw a happening. Hang out with friends. Gather together. Hook up.

Make something special.

Create you own event on Facebook and post the event or announcement on the
Tom of Finland Day 2016 Page.
(Also link to the ToF FB event from your event)

Add photos. Add stories. Show your pride.
Take the party ’round the globe.



Celebrate Tom with his art | 8th May | Helsinki







Tom at TOM House, Los Angeles, 1984. Photo by Jack Shear

Welcome to the celebration of
Tom of Finland’s (Touko Laaksonen’s) 96th birthday!
At The Pleasure of Play

11AM–5PM: Coffee is served! Paulig offers us their new Tom of Finland coffee

1PM: Talk by Durk Dehner, president & cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation (in English)

2PM, 3PM and 4PM: The Out’n loud choir sings “Vihmalintu” by Touko Laaksonen


Composition by Touko Laaksonen

4PM–6PM: Discussion: Touko Laaksonen as a person (in English)

With: Stefan Kalmár, curator of the exhibition and director of Artists Space, New York; Kati Mustola, researcher; Susanna Luoto, researcher. The discussion is moderated by PhD Livia Heikanaho.




“Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play” | 7th May | Helsinki







TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

In the world of Tom of Finland, everyone is allowed to be themselves – joy and pleasure belong to everyone. Kunsthalle Helsinki’s major exhibition portrays the artist’s work on wider scale than ever seen before.

A masterful stroke and iconic male figures have made Tom of Finland into one of Finland’s most widely-known artists. His bold and humorous imagery has sparked conversations on sexual diversity, equality as well as on the relationship between pornography and art.

The Pleasure of Play is the most comprehensive Tom of Finland exhibition to date, spanning six decades to include more than 180 drawings, 1930s childhood paper dolls, the full set of 1940s gouaches along with triptychs, individual drawings, storyboards and over 300 reference pages.

The exhibition was initially seen, conceived for, and produced by Artists Space, New York in Summer 2015 and has been complemented with works and documentation portraying aspects of the personal history of the artist, such as early landscapes and photos lent from family albums.

Runs through 7th August 2016



Special Edition ToFF Drawing Session | 8th May | LA



MODELS: Jamison and Matthew

Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

In Honor of Tom of Finland’s Birthday

We will be filming a segment for “The Underwear Expert”
so anyone who does not want to be on camera will placed in a separate room.

Sunday, 1-4p

Early arrival suggested due to parking availability

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!


$30 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.

Please bring your own materials.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required
Kindly notify if you must cancel

TOM House
Echo Park



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Carr’s Memorial Celebration | 24th April | LA

Come, Share and Celebrate the Life of Carrington Galen

Carr (2)

Sunday, 2:30p
Social Potluck Lunch Following at 4p, Please Bring Food and Drink to Share

Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Gardens Located at TOM House


You are encouraged to bring photos and stories of our divine Prince Carrington.
Plants and financial contributions to the ongoing care and development of
Carr’s Gardens are also much appreciated.



On Tuesday morning April 12, 2016
Carr passed away from complications from cancer.
He passed away at the beautiful Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Park
which he created at Tom of Finland Foundation.



Jeffrey Erdman named Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2016


On April 2nd, Jeffrey Erdman was named Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2016. Jeffery is a member and supporter of Tom of Finland Foundation. In fact, he even met his partner Xavier Espejo at a party held at the Foundation two years ago.

Jefferey Erdman and Xavier Espejo

Jeffrey goes on to represent the city of Los Angeles at International Mr. Leather, held in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend.

Currently, Jeffrey sits on the Board of Directors of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, which is the world’s largest collection of LGBT literary, educational, historical, and cultural materials and resources. Jeffrey has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, as well as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. He has also previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as Chair of the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and advisor to the Access and Fairness Committee of the Judicial Council of California.

He has also been active in a variety of other community organizations, including Equality California; the Mountain AIDS Foundation; Volunteers in Parole, Inc.; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; the Human Rights Campaign; and others.

1st and 2nd runners up are Joe Gregory and Eric Slayton.

Jeffrey Erdman with 1st and 2nd runners up Joe Gregory and Eric Slayton

The contest was held at the Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles. It was preceded by an entire week of events known as Los Angeles Leather Pride. These events included a Roast of Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015. Patrick is also the current Mr. International Mr. Leather.

Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015

Tom of Finland Foundation, along with the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and Sexual Minorities Uganda were named charity partners by the LA Leather Pride Committee for 2016.