October 1 - 2, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

Tom of Finland Foundation
Art and Culture Festival 2016
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2016 Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival

Art, Artists and Images

Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, invites all to share his love for art.

This year marks the 21st annual Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival,
taking over the entire landmark property where
Tom of Finland Foundation has operated since 1984.

This year’s programming will have a focus on art and printed matter, with special guests that include artists and independent brands that specialize in printmaking across mediums within gay culture.

View the 2016 Official Program 2016 Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival

Rizzoli TOM House

This year, Rizzoli published a monograph on TOM House. In the spirit of this release, our Festival theme revolves around the printed heritage of our community.

Situated on a quiet street in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, TOM House is the site where the artist and gay hero Tom of Finland lived and worked for the last and most prolific decade of his life, and where he fully lived what he drew. Marked by artists and a community that disarms shame and judgment, TOM House has been and continues to be a gathering place that promotes his message of being free and happy, embodied in respect and acceptance.

The Festival will encompass works by more than 30 artists, literati and independent brands, both emerging and established, from the USA and beyond. In addition to artists and merchants displaying and selling their works, there will be music by RocketManLA, entertainment and activities over the course of the two dates.

October 1, Saturday
11a – 6p Art Fair

Life Drawing Session
Noon – 2p

Music and Performance
6 – 10p Party

and At Door

October 2, Sunday
11a – 6p Art Fair

Life Drawing Session
Noon – 2p

Literary Readings
2 – 3p


and At Door

Food & Drink
Lot Parking Available

Highlights include:

  • Site specific art installations, including a large scale mural by Homo-Riot.
  • A series of literary readings curated by Steven Reign, poet laureate of West Hollywood.
  • Honoring of key cultural figures within our community, to be announced on Sunday afternoon, including Guy Baldwin.
  • Live drawing sessions with male models, Noon – 2 pm both days.
  • Tom of Finland x assume vivid astro focus x Print All Over Me Fashion show during the Opening Party on Saturday evening, modeled by Go-Go dancers.
  • Reading and smoking lounges.


Lifetime Achievement Award
Guy Baldwin

Lifetime Achievement Award, Guy Baldwin
For his leadership and steadfast commitment to
the art and culture of our community.

Guy Baldwin is a long-time, and respected, member of the Leather community; he has won the titles of International Mr. Leather and Mr. National Leather Association. He is a psychotherapist-educator and a sought-after speaker.

Guy takes the approach that erotic play can definitely be part of a healthy expression of one's sexuality. Many have benefitted from his sound advice in seminars, workshops and through his publications.

Artist Hall of Fame

Artist Hall of Fame, REX
For his artistic achievements and steadfast commitment to
the art and culture of our community.

The artist known only as REX has proved to be one of the most controversial and enduring artists. Over the past four decades his meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings have delighted and outraged a worldwide audience with their homoerotic subject matter, sometimes sweet and sometimes raw.

Since the sixties he has lead a reclusive life as a cult figure and underground artist with an international reputation enabled through pirated reproductions of his work first in print, and today on the internet.

Read REX's acceptance letter.

Artist Hall of Fame
David Hurles

Artist Hall of Fame, David Hurles
For his artistic achievements and steadfast commitment to
the art and culture of our community.

For over 40 years, David Hurles documented the hidden world of rough trade and rent boys posing, masturbating, wrestling, or boxing. His models ranged from drifters and grifters to hustlers and ex-cons — men who came to Los Angeles, and Hurles’s studio, to make it big but mostly landed in Hollywood’s gutter.

His photographs were ubiquitous fixtures in gay publications throughout the seventies and eighties and continue to enjoy a strong following today.

Achievement Award
Rubén Esparza

Achievement Award, Rubén Esparza
For his artistic achievement and personal accomplishment.

Rubén has been included in a group of California artists that explore the new genre of “Conceptual Pop.”

His artwork is included as part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Santa Barbara Museum, among others.

Dedication Award
Ad Schuring

Dedication Award, Ad Shuring
For his ongoing dedication to protecting, preserving and promoting erotic art.

Ad, in his own words, “is committed to the usual insecure, self-absorbed, excessive, judgmental and the bizarre, shocking pornographic stuff us Homos just can’t seem to live without.”

He has devoted himself to giving Homo erotic art the respect and status it deserves. He is a stalwart soldier and the slimy-est of schwein. We root before him.

Special Recognition
Marti Pike

Special Recognition, Marti Pike

Marti is a librarian for Woodbury University and has volunteered her time to the Foundation since 2008. She has taken our library from index cards to international cataloging.

Her knowledge and expertise are a beacon to all the volunteers who flock around her, and with all their help are making our collection most worthy.

A personal message from HOMO RIOT:

Homo Riot wall

I had an amazing and life affirming experience this weekend with the men of Tom of Finland Foundation. I was asked to create a piece of work to live alongside TOM House in Echo Park. The piece is a 40' X 10' mural applied to the structure that houses some of the legendary works by Tom of Finland as well as countless other gay artists. Some of these artists had a level of notoriety but many were simply creative men who felt the urge and desire to bring to life artistic work glorifying the male form and a sex positive vision of the Gay Male.

A portion of the work in the collection was donated but some of it was salvaged from the homes of men who died of AIDS in the last 30+ years. As the story was told to me, frequently during the height of the plague, the men at TOM House would get a call from a friend or neighbor reporting that a certain man in the community had died and that his family was on the way to clear out his possessions. Knowing that in almost every case, this would mean the destruction and disposal of any artwork with homoerotic theme, the crew would go in and remove as much as they could to preserve the work and honor the deceased. This act of preservation has formed the foundation of this incredible and important collection.

I am proud beyond words to have been asked by the Foundation to add my voice and artistic expression to the collection in this way.

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Featuring a special performanc by CAZWELL, Saturday Night, 10/01/16

Cazwell at Tom of Finland Foundation

New Glory at Tom of Finland Foundation:


A personal message from Gayletter:

Gayletter in Tom of Finland's bedroom
Photography of TOM House by GAYLETTER

We just had the most surreal experience waking up in Tom of Finland‘s bedroom, in his actual bed, in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The entire house has the strongest branding I’ve ever seen, even the pillowcases on the bed we slept on are leather. Around the bedroom there is original artwork, and even Tom’s leather jackets and boots.

We’re at his house for the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival, and we’re selling all 5 issues of GAYLETTER Magazine and other goodies. If you happen to be in Los Angeles, come say hi. Along with us there are vendors from all sorts of places, many selling erotic art inspired by the Finnish artist, who’s real name is Touko Valio Laaksonen.

At 12:00PM (Saturday and Sunday), the House is also hosting a live drawing session. If visiting us isn’t enough of an incentive, then I’m sure the chance to sketch a hot guy in Tom’s legendary house will be! You can always just come mingle, have a drink and pick up a guy... Everyone seems to be horny here.

Very horny!

Print All Over Me
Saturday, October 1 at 6p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

John Waters

Bob Mizer: Athletic Model Guide

Special preview of the new release AMG: 1,000 Model Directory


Vintage issues of Physique Pictorial and Young Adonis.

Frontiers Media
The Bullet Bar Taix French Restaurant Eagle LA
Bruno Gmünder Rizzoli TASCHEN
Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools
GED Gay Entertainment Directory GAYLETTER The Fight
Antebellum DJ RocketManLA Ruben Esparza Curatorial

Getting to the Festival

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Taix French Restaurant

Our friends at Taix French Restaurant have allowed us to use their auxiliary parking lot for the Art Festival. You can park behind Taix at the corner of Reservoir and Liberty Streets, just north of Sunset and east of Alvarado, across the street from the church. Please use the spaces against the back wall.

We will have a shuttle running on the 1/2 hour to TOM House. It will stop at the parking lot and the southwest corner of Montana Street and Echo Park Avenue. Look for the ToFF sign on the vehicle. The driver’s mobile is 213.322.3915.

You may also want to consider using Lyft.

Ride with Lyft and new users can redeem the Promo Code TOMOFFINLAND for up $50 in free Lyft credit.

Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER
Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER

Accommodations near TOM House

Super 8 Motel

1341 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026

Comfort Inn

2717 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026

Quality Inn & Suites

250 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90004

TOM House
(Foundation Headquarters)
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park) Map

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