The Margaret Cho

S.R. Sharp, Lucia, Margaret Cho, and Durk Dehner

Through Margaret Cho’s iconic work in comedy, fashion, music, and activism, she’s developed deep, lasting friendships with – well – a bunch of famous people, while never losing her desire to search for and support the next big thing. On THE MARGARET CHO, join her for a series of intimate interviews: the first part a chat with a celebrity friend you already know (or thought you did!), and the second with an up-and-coming artist you might not know, but should.

Margaret chats with cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, Durk Dehner, and S.R. Sharp about why they love this iconic homoerotic art, How Durk discovered Tom and why it’s so important to keep Tom of Finland’s legacy alive.

 

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RICK CASTRO: INTERIORS

Three Rick Castro Photos Above the Fireplace in TOM House

INTERIORS SAY WHO ONE IS.

WHEN I THINK OF INTERIORS THE IDEA OF RELICS IN A PERSONAL SPACE COMES TO MIND. TOM HOUSE IN ECHO PARK, CALIFORNIA REFLECTS THIS IDEA.

TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED BY DURK DEHNER AND TOM OF FINLAND (BORN TOUKO LAAKSONEN) IN 1984, THEN JOINED BY HIS PARTNER S.R. SHARP IN THE EARLY ’90S. TOM HOUSE IS A EROTIC OASIS IN A WORLD THAT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY DRY.

TOM’S WORLD IS ALL ENCOMPASSING, AS ACCEPTANCE BECOMES GREATER FOR LEATHERMEN AND KINK. YES, TOM WAS FROM FINLAND AND RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE, BUT THE MAGIC OF TOM HOUSE COULD ONLY EXIST IN LA.

AN INTERIOR THAT ALLOWS ME FREEDOM TO CREATE MY ART AND WEEKLY SALONS.

Text and images by Rick Castro.
Castro is a photographer/filmmaker/writer/blogger.
He has lived in Los Angeles his entire life.

Tea in the Drawing Room

Rick Castro shows us the interior of Tom of Finland’s LA home (now Tom of Finland House), and in that way, shows us insights into the character of Tom when he lived in LA in his later life. The interior is recognisable as an early 20th century familial home, with all of its spaces organised in a formal and traditional way. However, the décor is a celebration of Tom’s love for leather, fetish and gay iconography. A fine art portrait of a gimp on the wall, with a remote control visible in the corner. A large Tom of Finland piece on the staircase, above tidy carpeting with hair dryer in the bathroom behind. Teapots and harnesses. This home, is a superb reflection of the man and it contains the physical manifestation of his memories and experiences.

 

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John Waters donates work to our permanent collection

John Waters is a maverick for all things camp, known mostly for his movies, books, and plays. He is also a rebound visual artist and long-time friend and supporter of Tom of Finland Foundation and our mission. He has loaned his talents to us for many events and projects over the years, including loaning work for the 2018 Tom House exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He is now a permanent part of our collection and home. John recently gifted, along with Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Hairy, a limited edition C-print from 2006 to our growing permanent collection.

John, thank you for your continuing contributions.

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