Tom of Finland Foundation Cultural Icon Award

FOR
ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
AND IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS
TO THE ART AND CULTURE
OF OUR COMMUNITY

Photograph of Brain Anderson by Navi at the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival 2017

Brian Anderson is known for his international success becoming Thrasher’s Skater of the Year in 1999 and winning the World Cup of Skateboarding in Münster, Germany the same year, he has since become one of the most iconic and respected professional skateboarders worldwide.

In 2016 Brian came out as gay in a Vice award-winning documentary by Giovanni Reda, where he talks about his journey, fears, and why it was the right decision to no longer keep his sexuality a secret.

When Brian said into camera, “I’m a professional skater and we’re here to discuss the fact that I am gay” he was transformed into an icon for our community.

We are impressed that now Brian is now committed to his art and we are proud to display his gift to our permanent collection, He-Man, as part of the Moving Picture exhibition at this year’s Art & Culture Festival We are fortunate to have in our library his zine, Cave Homo on which he collaborated with Christian Trippe and Luke Williams.

Brain Anderson at TOM House, 2017

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