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April 14, 2014

Itella Corp: Tom Of Finland Art To Appear On Stamp Sheet


The business that facilitates postal solutions for the nation of Finland has announced via press release that the next round of stamp releases will include a Tom Of Finland sheet featuring two images and what looks like three first-class stamps. The site hails the late Touko Laaksonen thusly:
"The autumn's stamp series begins September 8 with Tom of Finland, who is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world. His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures."
Helping Itella select the images was the artist and designer Timo Berry. There will also apparently be an exhibition at the postal museum this Fall featuring the artist's voluminous written correspondence.

You know, I think this is real. News agencies have picked it up. It doesn't fall under the rubric of anything the Internet tells me is Finland's take on April's Fool, for instance. As unfathomable as the above might be here, one has to imagine not every nation manifests that same set of prejudices in the same way. I like that art, always have, and I love the third stamp on the sheet. Also, I don't know a ton of particulars about Tom Of Finland, but I think the dark-haired gentleman might even be his famous character Kake.

In completely unrelated news, I wasn't aware there was a Tom Of Finland foundation.
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