THE HISTORY OF RICK CASTRO AND THE TOM OF FINLAND DUNGEON

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For the 2nd year I had the privilege to present my
ANTEBELLUM POP UP GALLERY in the
TOM OF FINLAND HOUSE.
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Here’s the backstory….
Way back in the late 80s
ToFF president Durk Dehner became my first photo collector.
Durk also published my first book of photography entitled-
CASTRO, (1990).
Durk asked where I would like to have my book signing. I’m sure he thought i would choose one of the many bookstores or coffeehouses.
“I want to have my signing in the TOM House dungeon,” I excitingly replied.
Durk was definitely taken aback. The dungeon was his private space.
 It had never been open to the public.
After thinking about it for awhile..a few days even, he agreed.
The event was amazing on so many levels.
My first book, the first time the dungeon was seen publicly. one of the first times the house had a mixed crowd- gay/straight/bi/trans etc.
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 I was given the honor once again to create my pop-up antebellum gallery in the
 TOM House dungeon in 2015 and 2016. 
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The Tom of Finland dungeon is a sacred spot.
The space has seen it’s share of play and practice throughout the years.
The energy is perfect for me.
I’m so at home in the TOM House dungeon.
The space is special for Durk Dehner, and it’s very special for me as well,
 and brings my full history home with the ToF Foundation.
Thank you so much Durk Dehner and Sharp for allowing me to occupy the dungeon.
I love it here!
-Rick Castro
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