Helsinki, Tom of Finland Style

We explore everything from the artist’s favorite restaurant to after hour cruising spots.

Photo of Terry Miller by Mikko Rasila

“A cruising spot made famous by its inclusion in the Tom of Finland movie, released in 2017. The cobblestone road leads from the Helsinki Observatory to town, bracketed by large trees and shady areas perfect for spotting your new Finnish boyfriend.” -Terry Miller

Few artists have had as big an impact on gay culture as Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland. Not only was he prolific (Tom created somewhere near 3,500 illustrations in his 40 year career), but the hyper-sexualized, masculine men featured in his work are nothing short of iconic.

COMPLETE ARTICLE BY BRYAN VAN GORBER