Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) has created a fascinating Gay world with his pencil.
This special edition of My Gay Eye, presents the many sides of the artist Tom of Finland as well as the Foundation in Echo Park he cofounded. Contemporary authors and artists add to this unique homage to Tom with their essays, interviews, short stories and images. Discover treasures from TOM’s Foundation’s extensive collection of Gay art.
See artwork and meet contributors from this book at this year’s festival!
Get your copy signed!
Celebrate what truly unites us.
Featuring artwork from Greg Day, Ruben Esparza, Jordan Michael Green,
Mark Timothy Hayward, Van Jazmin, Michael Kirwan, Stefan Pinto
and Miguel Angel Reyes.
Celebrate My Gay Eye with 31 Artworks Inspired or Drawn by Tom. By Daniel Reynolds for Advocate
Pick up your copy of Los Angeles Blade and read about Tom of Finland Foundation at LA Pride
If you can’t make it to the festival, you can order a copy online.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Made possible by funds from Eagle LA.
Come, experience this life-size Stonewall Riots mural
by Rinaldo Hopf, editor of My Gay Eye / Mein schwules Auge.
On display in Erotic City will be a full size mural Hopf created this year as part of series dedicated to the Stonewall riots in 1969. Though raised in West Germany, Hopf had his coming out in the mid ’70s in San Francisco and has always had a strong bond with the gay movement in America.
Too young at the time of the riots, the artist has now gathered as much information as he could, and utilized the few photos of the events that are available. He also researched fashion and police uniforms of the period. Friends and family modeled for the large paintings, portraying the mix of people present at the New York uprising.
The original painting was done with watercolor, acrylics and ink on vintage newsprint of The Advocate magazine from the late ’60s / early ’70s and all figures are life size.
Quoting Marsha P. Johnson, “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
See Rinaldo Hopf’s Stonewall Mural on 1969 Advocate Pages. Advocate
We will have advance tickets for DaddyWood available for purchase.
Saturday Noon to Midnight
Sunday 2p to 10p
Tom of Finland Foundation at Erotic City