Gary Robinson Died November 21st, 2009 in NYC

A very good friend – and was becoming a better one.


The attenuated, five-year life span of the Tom of Finland Clothing line had little to do with popularity and everything to do with financing. After an exhaustive study of Tom’s art, designers Gary Robinson and David Johnson produced a collection that brought the artist’s vision to three-dimensional life and was embraced by fashion editors, featured in music videos, and covered prominently on both fashion television and the E-Channel. The low slung, “hip-hugger” jeans that are currently the industry standard reflect Tom’s influence as well.

Spring 2003 Dispatch

Tom of Finland Clothing “Absolut Tom” Runway Tour – Part 1

Tom of Finland Clothing “Absolut Tom” Runway Tour – Part 2


 On May 17, 2006 ToFF held a cocktail reception in Manhattan to celebrate Tom of Finland: Coming of Age, a 21-piece exhibition of extraordinary drawings. This evening’s event was only made possible through the focused efforts of three remarkable New York City men: Gary Robinson, Mark Nelson, and Brian Crede who all cochaired the gala exposition at the host venue, the Charles Cowles Gallery.


Rodney Scott, president CSW, Mike Goldie, Durk Dehner, Sharp, Gary Robinson at 2009 Los Angeles LGBT Pride Celebration. PHOTO: JayPG


The  TOM Camino “styled” by Gary Robinson

Durk, Etienne, Jean Claude and Gary Robinson in Paris Durk, Etienne, Jean Claude and Gary Robinson in Paris 


RoosterFish – Benefit for ToFF – Dec 12. – Venice CA

David Atilano is donating an original one of a kind watercolor, to benefit the Tom Of Finland Foundation.  

Date: Saturday December 12, 2009

Time: 5PM to CLOSE
Location: RoosterFish- 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 (Venice Beach’s oldest Gay Bar)
Event Description: During the month of December, the RoosterFish is exhibiting 4 pieces of original artwork by L.A artist, David Atilano.  On Saturday December 12, one piece of original art work will be raffled to benefit the Tom of Finland foundation. The winner will choose the piece of artwork of their liking. 
Raffle: tickets will be sold $5 for one ticket, 3 tickets for $10, or 5 tickets for $25.
David Atilano is the artist behind Dear Angel, a gay handmade greeting card company. He is very thankful for the opportunity to have participated in last year’s Tom of Finland Erotic Art Festival. This Raffle is his way of thanking the foundation for the opportunities they provide for gay artists to continue creating erotic art.
Thank you for your time and attention.
David Atilano