TOM’s Foundation Was Born on
14th December 1984
So, we’re only 31…
© TOM of FINLAND, 1989, ORIGINAL
© RICHARD CERBARANO 1989, DERIVATIVE WORK
The logo TOM designed for his foundation.
By 1984, Durk Dehner decided the time had come to focus on his goal, an altruistic one. He wanted to start a nonprofit Tom of Finland organization, one which would be free of commercial aspects and able to concentrate on preserving Tom’s art and enhancing his reputation.
Durk was sure that people would support such a preservation effort, but I didn’t think so. They were just my old ‘dirty drawings’ to me. He got to me through my pride; I did want to be respectable. I even went one whole year not doing any pornographic stuff at all, just serious art. I didn’t sell anything so I gave up. People knew me for my erotic work and that was what they wanted—and my cock agreed!
-Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland)
from Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero
The first goal of the newly formed Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) was to offer a safe haven for the original drawings, which were scattered all over the globe. At that time, Tom estimated he had created upwards of three thousand works. Averaged over a career span of (conservatively) forty-five years, this comes out to a little more than five drawings per month.
You determine the exact amount.