111 Reasons to Go to Tom of Finland’s House

SLIDESHOW | Photos from previous events © Rubén Esparza

As commercial as Tom of Finland licensed products get (they even include dish towels), there is something untamable and wild about Tom of Finland Foundation events. If you are in the L.A. area this weekend, you should visit the Art and Culture Festival just to be at TOM House. It is an authentic experience like you can’t get at the Tar Pits or the Observatory. 

This year marks the 22nd annual Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, taking over the entire landmark property where Tom of Finland Foundation has operated since 1984. The Festival is one of the key public events initiated and run by Foundation and serves as a platform in furthering its mission to preserve, protect, and promote erotic art.

To salute Kino Lorber’s October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year’s programming will have a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies.

The Festival’s guest artist is Brian Anderson, the legendary skater who declared to the world a year ago that he is gay. He is skateboarding’s most prominent pro star to come out and has recently released a zine that includes his artwork.

At the awards reception on Saturday evening, celebrated artist Jim French (1932-2017) will be remembered for popularizing the aesthetic prevalent in gay adult films to this day, and famed photographer Arthur Tress will be acknowledged for his lifetime of artistic contributions.

See more at the Tom of Finland Foundation page, including a program of events. Included will be a life drawing session on Sunday with our contributing photographer and artist Miguel Angel Reyes.

SLIDESHOW | Photos from previous events © Rubén Esparza

By Christopher Harrity

Stefan Pinto’s smoke and mirrors

Stefan Pinto plays in the shadows. The after-hours, backstage, secret spaces, and the no-cameras-allowed zones that are the most telling and revealing are his specialty. Pinto can shoot in full sunlight and make us feel as if we are witnessing a private moment.

You might have seen more of Stefan’s work on our site, most notably “The Secret Life of Jase Grimm” and his spectacular Halloweenie photos from this last year.

Now the good news is that Stefan’s first solo show is opening this Saturday at AC Gallery in Los Angeles.

Smoke + Mirrors
March 4-25, 2017
AC Gallery, 1546 Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Fore more on Stefan follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stefan Pinto, self-portrait

By Christopher Harrity

96 Photos of Art and Culture at Tom of Finland Foundation

And by art and culture we mean go-go boys, naked models, leather daddies, Cazwell, Rick Castro, Jase Grimm, and hot art fans.

We are huge fans of Tom of Finland Foundation. They preserve art, host art classes, and throw great parties. Just to look at the artwork on the walls and the artifacts is a reason to go. Plus the Foundation seems to attract the most interesting people.

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Beaux Art Ball with Foundation head Durk Dehner, lower left. Photos by Miguel Angel Reyes

advocateBy Christopher Harrity