Tom of Finland’s drawings are to appear on Finnish stamps this September. What better way to mark the global triumph of his kinky redesign of the male body? After all, Tom’s men were made to be licked from behind.
Or is Tom of Finland a Situation fan? Compare these two pictures, one of a cartoonish mid-Twentieth gay porn fantasy swaggering/sashaying with his tits out down the street, the other of Mikey Sorrentino, cartoonish star of the MTV hit reality show Jersey Shore, swaggering/sashaying with his tits out down the street. Tom of Finland sketch, c. early 1960s MikeSorrentino, c. 2011 Mikey’s face isn’t quite the Tom-ish Scandinavian ideal — and his pants are, following the American Phalliban fashion, […]
The teenage Tom of Finland’s gay fantasies from the 1940s of muscular men have come to define a mainstream view of masculinity, says Mark Simpson (The London Times, Nov 2008 and collected in Metrosexy) The first time I saw a Tom of Finland drawing was in a well-thumbed, seventh-hand issue of Fiesta, a top-shelf favourite of schoolboys in the 1970s. The image, buried at the back, was in a small ad for more “specialised” publications, probably missed by most of my school-chums who had thumbed the […]