Tom of Finland’s work and legacy has continued to receive prominent attention in his native Finland, with Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President Durk Dehner and Vice President S. R. Sharp appearing on Finnish radio station Radio Rock last Thursday.
Appearing on the rock station’s most popular program, Heikelä Korporaatio (Heikelä Corporation), Durk and Sharp discussed a range of topics, including the forthcoming Tom of Finland postal stamp series, a newly-released book of Tom’s comics in their original Finnish text, the Tom of Finland biopic in development by director Dome Karukoski – and even Tom’s influence on popular rock music.
Speaking in the studios of the rock music radio station, Durk commented on Tom’s influence on popular rock music:
Look what happened in the ’80s with Tom… He was so popular within rock music in that people like Adam Ant, Freddie Mercury, Judas Priest – all of those were actually reflecting him. They were either embodying his visuals in their presentation or their songs.
On the forthcoming Tom of Finland stamp, Durk declared:
I think that the Finnish Post Office deserves applause. They put a (naked) butt on a stamp. I mean, I don’t think there’s been a butt on any stamp anywhere in the world before.
Finland is currently experiencing a wave of attention on Tom of Finland, with a number of projects, all accomplished with ToFF support, coming to fruition. The Tom of Finland postal stamp series – initiated by ToFF with Finnish postal service Itella Posti – will be released on September 8. The stamps’ release will coincide with the launch of an exhibition of Tom’s correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, which will be the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum in Tampere. A Finnish language book of Tom’s comics, Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia, newly-released from Finnish publisher Like Publishing, includes several stories that are appearing in print for the first time. The book was launched on Thursday at the opening of another exhibition, Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames, an exhibition of Tom’s comic art that also includes work by other ToFF-associated artists.
“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” runs until September 28 at MUU Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm. Map | Facebook event | Gallery phone number +358-(0)9-625 972. Information and purchase details for Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia are available at the book’s page on the Like Publishing website.