Tom was born in May and his given name is “Touko”.
May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”.
Touko’s Name Day
Finland is one of the countries in Europe which celebrates Name Days (called Nimipäivä in Finnish).
The tradition of celebrating Name Days dedicates a name or names to every calendar day of the year.
A person then celebrates a Name Day on the day in the calendar where his or her given name appears.
TOM (on far right) with friends at LA’s Carriage Trade, 1984
In Finland, Name Days can be celebrated in the same way as a Birthday, where the individual having the Name Day will receive greeting cards, flowers or gifts from friends and family. Everyone appreciates good wishes on their day.
Hyvää Nimipäivää, Touko!
MAKE A GIFT TO TOM’S FOUNDATION
PLEASE COME OUT AND HONOR TOM
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1965,
Graphite on paper, ToFF #65.02,
© 1965 Tom of Finland Foundation
HONOR YOURSELF AND CELEBRATE
Tom asked me not to have a funeral but to have a party—like a scene from his artwork—people coming together and having a hell of a good time. We created a celebration— the first ‘TOM’s Bar’ in 1992, which has become a Tom of Finland Foundation annual event honoring Tom.
I wanted to show Gays they can feel happy together. I wanted to tell them they have a right to enjoy life in their way – Gays being together feeling happy, being proud of who they are.
—Tom of Finland
FAULTLINE LOT PARTY
SUNDAY, 2-8 PM
CONTESTS | PRIZES
$10 DONATION – $8 TOFF MEMBERS
Proceeds From the 22nd Annual TOM’s Bar
Used to Benefit Tom of Finland Foundation
4216 MELROSE AVENUE | LA 90004
We are looking for strong hands and/or eager bodies
to help us get this job done right.
If you have a few hours to volunteer contact TomsAngelsTOFF@aol.com.
Thanks to GRAB Magazine for this two page (54-56) spread.