Will Clark World
April 19, 2011
By Will Clark
Time has fuzzed over how it happened that, as a kid, I had one action figure but clothes for Captain Kirk and Captain Marvel. Interesting how they’re both military, huh and interesting too that I didn’t think anything of undressing and dressing each of them at various times. If that’s not foreshadowing about my big gay life as an adult, I don’t know what is. 🙂
But now, thanks to the Tom of Finland guys (and specifically sculptor Norm Lloyd), you can put away that sad excuse for an ‘adult action figure’ aka Billy, and get instead their newest erotic release – the Rebel action figure which stands 13 inches high (so size queens will be happy) and comes with three interchangable penis’ (yes yes yes I know … but it’s almost too easy, you know?). The figure has the Tom bod, the cocky smile and leather clothes. Yum.
MARCH, 2011 ISSUE of ART magazine with report on TOM and the exhibition in Turku.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1986, Color pencil on paper,
© 1986 Tom of Finland Foundation
ENGLISH TRANSLATION (via Google-translate)
After Elmgreen & Dragset showed his drawings at the last Venice Biennial, dedicated in 2011, the European cultural capital of Turku artist legend Tom of Finland. A large retrospective exhibition until 18 December 70 works by the artist who really came from Finland, but not Tom said: Touko Laaksonen When he was born in 1920 in the small town on the outskirts of Turku Kaarina, he died in 1991 in Helsinki. Art historians are still arguing whether his vigorous men images now sent to stereotypes play-ing or just use stereotypical images are.
Touko Laaksonen, better known as “Tom of Finland” (1955)
Gay icons of masculinity (untitled, 1986)
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