Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Little Book of Tom: Military Men (Multilingual Edition)

Category: Books,Arts & Photography,History & Criticism

The Little Book of Tom: Military Men (Multilingual Edition) Details

Review “For boys who like boys who like art…” Read more About the Author Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang.Touko Laaksonen, the boy who would become Tom of Finland (1920-1991), began drawing cartoons at age five. His favorite subjects were the rough manly men of his native Finland, as Touko knew from an early age that men interested him more than women. His talents were further honed by art study in Helsinki. He found success in the Finnish advertising industry but secretly continued creating his increasingly erotic drawings of hyper-masculine men. In 1957 he submitted some drawings to the American magazine Physique Pictorial and the “Tom of Finland” legend was born. By the late 60s Tom’s “dirty drawings” became the standard for gay art, and Tom’s Men a template for a new gay masculinity. Tom’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence, positive self-image and openness in the gay community. Read more

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A large collection in a small book, that's what this is. Pages and pages of Touko Valio Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, and his beautiful drawings.The more of his pieces you view and experience, the more you see how brilliant he was with shading. Creating shape and movement, intent and expression, putting everything in motion, even in the still moments of aftermath. These are me feelings, anyway, whenever I'm looking at these images.In your face while whimsical and intimate, I could look these pieces for days on end, feeling the electricity of life jumping off the page.The book itself is well-bound, with quality thick paper that richly takes the printing of these images. I could feel the texture of the reprints. Gorgeous.I love having this in my collection. What I love even more are the fantabulous conversations I have with friends whenever Tom of Finland pops up. ;)

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