The spirit of Tom of Finland’s art

Next year will mark the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991). And it looks like Tom of Finland Foundation, one of the organizations that works to keep the iconic artist’s legacy alive, is starting its celebrations early with a series of erotic films that will release beginning this month.

As a multi-part project, the collaboration will kick off with Tom of Finland: 1957. That film stars Matthew Camp as a police officer and Theo Brady and Kurtis Wolfe as a birdwatcher and fisherman, respectively. The period piece harkens back to Tom’s earliest sketches where he depicted day labourers as well as other common men. Much in the spirit of both Tom of Finland’s art and’s impetus, the scene devolves into an eventual threesome. It will release on December 13.

But 1957 is only the beginning of the Tom of Finland X link up: the project will include films from Bruce LaBruce, Matt Lambert, and Cory Krueckeberg. According to XBIZ, though the first three installments will be period pieces, “follow-up episodes move into the present-day and the future,” in a bid to reimagine Tom for a younger crowd. Terry Miller, who has been one of the modern day faces of Tom of Finland as he is the model of choice for the Tom of Finland Store, will also play a role. Musician Casey Spooner will as well.

But it won’t be just films. Lambert has announced that his hand in the project will also be a collaboration: Titled Pleasure Park, after a popular Tom of Finland series, that partnership will live as not only a film set to debut in 2020, but also a zine.