Head to The Pleasure Chest on November 12th for a showcase of the iconic erotic artist’s work and the sex toys it inspired.
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1963/2015, Archival offset lithograph on 80 pound McCoy silk cover paper, 30 x 24 inches. © 1963 Tom of Finland Foundation The Posters
The Pleasure Chest is set to play host to a special celebration of the erotic art of Tom of Finland tomorrow night, November 12th, with artwork, talks and a few of the toys inspired by the artist’s designs.
The showcase is a joint project from the Pleasure Chest, the Tom of Finland Foundation and XR Brands, the company responsible for the sex toy line launched in his honor.
Kicking off at 7 p.m., the night will begin with complimentary drinks served by models dressed in outfits lifted straight from Tom of Finland designs, before Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp from the Tom of Finland Foundation lead a discussion on his work and the process of bringing the sex toy line to life. Beyond that, fans are encouraged to enjoy the work on display, inspect the ‘Pleasure Tools’ line and pay a visit to the ‘Tom of Finland Spanking Booth’.
“With a recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the release of a Finnish stamp bearing his illustrations, and a feature-length biopic slated for release, Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, is internationally recognized as a historically relevant artist and important gay icon,” XR Brands Director of Marketing Rebecca Weinberg said. “It was only natural to host a special showcase of Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools with the Tom of Finland Foundation by our side. It’s been an amazing journey and we look forward to celebrating the work and life of such an important figure while giving fans a first-hand look at the complete collection of Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools.”
If you can’t make it down to the Pleasure Chest for the showcase, you can check out the entire Pleasure Tools range online. They’re apparently particularly proud of the “hand-sculpted rendition of Kake’s Cock,” reportedly “one of the biggest penises that Tom of Finland ever penciled.” That one even comes with a poster of the original illustration, and a display stand so you can show it off to the world.
By Dominic Preston