“Not only an artist”: Tom of Finland in Finland’s Iltalehti newspaper

Iltalehti newspaper

Finnish national newspaper Iltalehti has published a full page article on Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen). The article’s title quotes Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President Durk Dehner: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” (translation: “Touko was not only an artist”).

Featuring an interview with Durk, the article discusses the current wave of Tom of Finland projects – all accomplished with ToFF support – in Tom’s native Finland. Two of these projects will be launched on September 8: the forthcoming Tom of Finland postal stamp series, which has attracted worldwide attention, and a coinciding exhibition of Tom’s letter correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finlandwhich will be the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum in Tampere. Last Thursday in Helsinki, two other projects were launched: Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames – an exhibition of Tom’s comic art, alongside comic art by other ToFF-associated artists – and a book of Tom’s comics in their original Finnish textTom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia.

Appearing on p. 12 in the August 28 edition of Iltalehti, the article includes a current photo of Durk and a 1982 photo of Durk with Tom:

Detail from article on Tom of Finland in Iltalehti

Click to download the article as a PDF:

Download as PDF: "Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija" article in Iltalehti

Download as PDF: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” article in Iltalehti

Also appearing on Iltalehti’s popular news website on August 28 was a further article devoted to the Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia book and the Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition.

The Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition launch at MUU Galleria attracted a capacity crowd, as reflected in an album of photos recently published by the gallery to its Facebook page:

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for the launch of "Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames"

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for last Thursday’s August 28 launch of “Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames”. Photo: Sinem Kayacan


The Tom of Finland postal stamp series and the coinciding exhibition, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, will launch on September 8 at Museum Centre VapriikkiAlaverstaanraitti 5, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Map | Gallery phone number +358 (0) 3 5656 6966.

“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. 

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Getting to the Fair

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only  a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Our friends at Taix French Restaurant have allowed us to use their auxiliary parking lot for the Art Fair. You can park behind Taix at the corner of Reservoir and Liberty Streets. Just north of Sunset and east of  Alvarado, across the street from the church.

We will have a shuttle running on the 1/2 hour to TOM House. It will stop at the parking lot and the southwest corner of Montana Street and Echo Park Avenue.