My first Tom of Finland tattoo…
Arnold Reinier Klink
I’ve already made a new appointment for my next TOM tat…
Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) has always relied – almost exclusively – on Members’ contributions to underwrite our programs. Not surprisingly, grants are still difficult to obtain due to the controversial content of the artwork we protect, preserve and promote.
As a community, we must preserve our distinct identity and make it available to future generations.
The erotic arts are a very empowering vehicle to use in communicating who we are and where we have traveled in our lives. We can give others an understanding of how important the sexual revolution was and reveal to them the vast cultural legacy that is theirs. Maintaining this legacy comes with a price: Careful storage, maintenance and accessibility, transportation and insurance for outside exhibitions all add up to significant expenses. Our library and archive unfortunately do not thrive on neglect – they need constant feeding to remain a dynamic part of today’s society.
The Foundation has traveled far – and we know where we want to go. Join us so that our emerging artists and Gay youth will have access to our nurturing presence and resources. We are a treasure chest of amazing masterpieces that are a homage to our sexuality and culture. It is imperative we continue to safeguard the attitudes and institutions that create the environment where we all flourish and life is a visual banquet of creativity and beauty.
Join us today and continue to care for an institution that stands strong, proud, and free.
Tom of Finland Foundation and Feature were both “born” in the same year, 1984. The gallery has had six locations—from Chicago to NYC’s lower east side—their present location. They have had no fewer than eight shows with Tom’s work.