*Tom of Finlandin syntymäpäivä | Tom of Finland födelsedag | Birthday of Tom of Finland Putinki.fi
Bar. Bistro. Beach. Bowling Alley. Back Alley. BBQ. Bedroom.
Wherever you are. Raise your glasses.
Celebrate Tom’s Birthday.
Throw a happening. Hang out with friends. Hit a club.
Gather together. Invite all your friends. Hook up.
Make something special. Create your own event on Facebook and post the event or announcement on this page (also link to this event from your event).
Add photos. Add stories. Make a card. Show your pride. Take the party ’round the globe.
Tom was born Touko Valio Laaksonen on 8th May 1920, in Kaarina, southwest Finland. The Finnish word for the month of May is “Touko”.
Hyvää syntymäpäivää Tom!
A unique opportunity to follow the artist’s steps through the years and also understand how Finland has changed to be one of the most liberal countries of the world when we now celebrate of 100 years of independence in 2017.
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1978, Graphite on paper, © 1978-2017 Tom of Finland Foundation
Not only an illustrator, Tom (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) was also known as talented pianists and he studied at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. We like to bring his talent alive and start the tour with an audiovisual experience combining his art, interviews and favorite music. This takes place at Klaus K Hotel that once was where Sibelius Academy was located.
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Tom of Finland’s newly unveiled online store recently named Miller their first-ever US ambassador. It’s not entirely clear what that entails — maybe he’ll appear in ultra-sexy Tom of Finland music videos or help unveil new products like this emoji. But someone recently noted that since Miller already hosts leather fetish parties around Seattle, that makes him a natural fit for a brand iconic for its muscular, mustached leather daddies.
And in case you need any more convincing that Miller’s a good fit, check out these 10 shots of him working it in leather — he makes a man want to drop to his knees and say “Sir!”
By Daniel Villarreal, Senior Editor