Tom of Finland

The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero



ISBN: 9782374951331 Category:

F. Valentine Hooven


Tuoko Laaksonen, also known as Tom of Finland (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. Created in partnership with the Tom of Finland Estate, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero is a beautifully detailed visual biography full 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-making this book the only 100% approved biography of this gay legend responsible for creating the muscled, mustachioed gay archetype of the 1960s and ’70s.

With an extensive biography, and suggestive photos and illustrations, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero brings to life the icon whose erotic illustrations of men influenced many artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber.

Additional information

Weight 1721 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 29.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 September 2020
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.6 x 29.9 cm
Weight 1721 g


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Philadelphia native F. Valentine Hooven III is a freelance writer and illustrator who lives in Palm Springs. In the years leading up to Tom of Finland’s death, Hooven wrote Tom’s biography, tracing the evolution and impact of his art on the world.