“Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” by F. Valentine Hooven— Another Look at Tom of Finland

Hooven, F. Valentine. “Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero”, Cerunnos, 2020.

Another Look at Tom of Finland

Amos Lassen

 Tom of Finland or Tuoko Laaksonen (1920-1991) “was an iconic and provocative artist who rose to cult status in the international gay community and beyond for his work celebrating gay archetypes and masculinity during a time when being gay was taboo.” In partnership with the Tom of Finland Estate, F. Valentine Hooven brings us “Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero”, a detailed visual biography of never or rarely seen documents from his archive. The text was completed just a few months before the death of the artist and was fully approved by him. This book the only 100% approved biography of this gay legend who created the muscled, mustachioed gay archetype of the 1960s and ’70s. 

It includes an extensive biography, and suggestive photos and illustrations, and it one again  brings to life the man whose erotic illustrations of men influenced many artists.