Everyone knows about the erotic art sensation “Tom of Finland,” but do we know about the man behind Tom of Finland? His name is Touko and there is a new movie in the making about Touko in 1971 before he became the master in so many erotic drawings, although he started his career as an gay erotic artist already in 1957 with the first of many cover drawings for Bob Mizer’s magazine “Physique Pictorial.”
Touko Laaksonen is best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, and was a Finnish artist notable for his stylized pornographic and fetish art and his influences on late twentieth century gay culture. Laaksonen was born on May 8th, 1920 and passed away on November 7th, 1991.
According to the YouTube information of a teaser trailer for the movie, “Until the year 1971, being gay in Finland could land you in jail for years. There was a boy born in 1920. In his childhood, he drew pictures of naked men. While drawing, he wore only leather boots. As a young man, he fought in the war and had sex with his fellow soldiers, both Finnish and German. During his adulthood, he lived a double life.
By day, a talented advertising artist and a pianist, by night a genius creator of erotic drawings. We remember him through leather, huge muscles, even larger cocks and humor – empowering the masculine gay man. We know who Tom of Finland is. Now meet Touko.”
The film is set to shoot in spring of 2014 and the film will be premiered in 2015. Produced by the Special Film Company, Laaksonen will by played by Olli Rahkonen, directed by Vesa Kuosmanen and Henri Huttunen.
Half of the film’s budget will be provided by international partners, while the remaining of the budget will come from private investors, in Finland or elsewhere, so probably a crowdfunding campaign will be organized. Needless to say, this film will have a high production value and not a film to miss out on come the year 2015.