The erotica festival features over 30 artists, a short film showcase, an emerging artist competition and life-drawing sessions with live male nudes.
Tom of Finland made the world a more beautiful place through art. Born Touko Laaksonen, the Scandinavian artist carved his niche during an era when homosexuals were represented solely as effeminate sissies. Rebelling against that stereotype, he usurped traditionally masculine characters—lumberjacks, bikers, cops—and presented them as overtly homoerotic. As a tip of the leather cap to his role in beautifying life, this year’s Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, running Oct. 2-4, will be held in the visually stunning gardens of his one-time Echo Park residence, TOM House.
“I think it’s very important that there are places where we can experience our arts and culture in a manner that is uninhibited and comfortable to our nature,” says Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of the Tom of Finland Foundation. “So, what better place than the botanical masterpiece of the Pleasure Park at TOM House?”
This year’s iteration of the annual erotica festival features over 30 artists and will include a short film showcase, an emerging artist competition and life-drawing sessions with live male nudes. The event climaxes with a Sunday tea dance, featuring the talents of DJ RocketmanLA. Nearly 15 years after his death, Tom of Finland continues to make our world a sexier place in which to live.
Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival
By Mike Ciriaco