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Homo Riot Creates in Moments of Intense Emotion

Homo Riot Creates in Moments of Intense Emotion

What happens when you combine street art with gay thematics? You land somewhere around Homo Riot, the one man street art project, whose goal is to challenge institutional homophobia, while also inspiring a sense of gay pride. The artist has displayed his work on the streets of every city from New York to Hong Kong, as well as on the walls of major international galleries. In anticipation of the release of Homo Riot apparel on the Tom of Finland Store, we caught up with the man behind the moniker to learn more about the origins of Homo Riot, and how...

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Jonathan Johnson on Artistry, Tom of Finland, and the Flying Cock

Jonathan Johnson on Artistry, Tom of Finland, and the Flying Cock

Merging pop culture with high-end craftsmanship is no easy task. Just ask Jonathan Johnson, the jewelry artisan based out of Hamburg, who has perfected the technique with handmade gold plated and sterling silver pieces that manage to retain their sense of luxury despite their tongue-in-check designs. Putting a twist on everything from gay iconography, to the practice of jewelry making itself, Johnson’s latest venture is a collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation, which see the craftsman translate symbols from the Tom universe into statement jewelry pieces that are at once luxurious and fun. Central to the collection is the...

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Calle Henzel on Henzel Studio's Exhibition at Joyce Hong Kong

Calle Henzel on Henzel Studio's Exhibition at Joyce Hong Kong

Henzel Studio is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer whose ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past twenty years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world. Their collection Henzel Studio Collaborations expands on the Henzel Studio brand by bringing together some of the most notable names in contemporary art in the creation of limited edition art rugs. To date, they have worked with everyone from Richard Prince,...

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Introducing Beverly Hills Cowboy... Let's Ride!

Introducing Beverly Hills Cowboy... Let's Ride!

Beverly Hills Cowboy is a sexy apparel line conceived out of an equal fascination with cowboys and Beverly Hills culture. The line currently carries form fitting t-shirts with cheeky, in your face phrases and words, like “90% Angel 10% Devil” or “Butch”, as well as briefs with the word “Cowboy” inscribed on the waistband. We caught up with the designer behind the label to learn more about the items available through the Tom of Finland, and a very exciting upcoming collaboration with the Bob Mizer Foundation.

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Breaking Down Tom's Man, Terry Miller, Like a Fine Wine

Breaking Down Tom's Man, Terry Miller, Like a Fine Wine

Qualities: Musk and leather on the nose. In the mouth, Terry shows firm, muscular tannins, pleasurable, robust, and well-balanced fruit, with dominant high notes. Submissive, smooth, and silky on the back-end, he lingers on the palate through a long-lasting finish. Not overly sweet, with a slight bite. Smooth and sassy, deep and down to earth. Great legs...

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Jarkko Propudas on Gay Action and Diversity in the Skate Community

Jarkko Propudas on Gay Action and Diversity in the Skate Community

Happy Hour Skateboards began with a horde of Finnish skater boys who look just like you might imagine: messy haired and dressed in streetwear and probably holding a board or a beer. United by their love of skating, the gang also values art & culture, chosen family, and enjoying life to the fullest, just like Tom’s Men. The crew wanted a brand for themselves, and so they created one…  Fast forward a decade and a half— they are working on their second collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation. The new line features the catchphrase, “Just Cruising”, a subtle play on...

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Sami Vulli on Tolerance and Bravery Through Textiles

Sami Vulli on Tolerance and Bravery Through Textiles

Tom of Finland’s imagery is so iconic, it transcends the confines of wall art. The brawny black and whites images look good on anything (I’ve got a tattoo on my right arm). If you take a trip to TOM House, you’ll see the images everywhere— they instantly transform a space, whether printed on clothes, flatware, or in Finlayson’s case, textiles. Finlayson is the oldest textile brand in Finland and all of Scandinavia, and has been collaborating with Tom of Finland Foundation since 2014. The classic label has a huge diversity of products, but the Tom of Finland collaboration is definitely...

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Dome Karukoski on Tom of Finland; the Pride, the Lust and the Boldness

Dome Karukoski on Tom of Finland; the Pride, the Lust and the Boldness

While I was living at TOM House as the artist-in-residence, Dome Karukoski was finishing the Tom of Finland biopic. I had the opportunity to observe some of the final editing process, the arduous attention to detail that filmmakers labor over in the last stages of production. It was really special to be in the House during that time— the residents served as a liaison between the film and Tom’s legacy, making sure that his story was told with integrity. The biopic starts with Touko Laaksonen’s life in Finland during the war, and eventually follows the artist to Los Angeles, where...

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Dian Hanson on TOM and J*rk-Off Worthy Fine Art

Dian Hanson on TOM and J*rk-Off Worthy Fine Art

Dian Hanson is a woman who needs no introduction. As one of the first female pornographers coming out of the 1970s hippie porn scene, her prolific career has been diverse: from writing reader derived porn, to casting and directing shoots, to editing books and magazines about erotic subjects. Dian first got her start working at sex magazine Puritan, and over the next 25 years, edited magazines including Partner, Oui, Adult Cinema Review, Harvey, Hooker, Juggs and Leg Show. Since joining Taschen in 2001, she has become one of the foremost experts on Tom of Finland, working on everything from compact books, to more ambitious projects, like her Tom of Finland...

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Kris and Andy on Living with Kink Through Pastels

Kris and Andy on Living with Kink Through Pastels

In 2015 Kris Aaron and his partner Andrew Walker started painting on antique china and vintage tchotkes. Within three years, the pair had moved from customizing found objects to maintaining a business and art practice. That purview, dubbed Pansy Ass Ceramics, now spans pins similar to those early paintings featuring bound boys, a selection of phallic planters, butt plug vases, ball gag mugs and jerking figurines. Here, we talk to the Toronto based boys about trends in the queer art market and why they inject sex into their work.

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Paul Chan on his New Proverbs

Paul Chan on his New Proverbs

Paul Chan is no stranger to political activism. From the outset of his career, The Hong Kong born, US based artist has used his practice to address central issues to US politics like America’s involvement in the Middle East, the policies of former president George  W. Bush, and the actions of the Republican party. In 2010, the artist founded Badlands Unlimited with the mission of publishing things the public has never seen before, like limited edition artworks, downloadable files and paperback erotica. In the Spring of 2017, the publishing house released Chan’s latest venture into the world of political activism,...

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Gaypin' Guys on 90's Trends, Queerly Collaborating and their Gay Little Hearts

Gaypin' Guys on 90's Trends, Queerly Collaborating and their Gay Little Hearts

Picture this: You’re are your grandma’s house going though your mom’s old clothes, and you find a sick denim jacket with an enamel cherry pin tacked onto the front pocket. You’re obsessed, enamel crazed, all you want to do is defile the raw denim with a slew of adorable (and sometimes erotic) bling. Well thank Goddess for GAYPIN’!!! This sassy little brand is run by a couple of friendly queers who are here to deliver your fantasies. They’ve got the most darling collection of pins and whatnot no accessorize your already fabulous lives. I got the opportunity to ask them...

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