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Sexy, Iconic Tom Of Finland Images Are Now Postage Stamps

tom of finland stampToday’s lesson is that apparently Finland is a very different country than the United States. It sounds like a prank, but multiple news outlets are reporting that Finland is issuing a stamp to honor erotic artist Tom of Finland. The artwork in question features full male rear nudity and some obscured frontal nudity. Okay!

It was only just this month that the U.S. finally got a Harvey Milk stamp, so we’re probably still quite a few years from a stamp that’s just opening homoerotic.

And it gets crazier: apparently the Finland’s postal museum will have a full exhibit of Tom of Finland art in September, when the stamps are released. Again, just try to imagine anything like this happening in the United States. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that art opening.

So far we haven’t seen any outrage from the conservative right, although that’s eventually inevitable. For our part, we’re a little offended that the art features a character with a cigarette, when LGBTs have an elevated risk of smoking and dying of unpleasant tobacco-related diseases. But hey, it’s a product of its time.

“Of course, the choice was discussed, but we wanted to live in the year 2014,” said Itella development director Markku Penttinen. According to Washington Post, there will be 33 different designs in all. So get collecting, philatelists.

Also, delightfully, the postal service is also issuing stamps that commemorate beloved cartoonist and children’s author Tove Jansson, which is pretty much the polar opposite of Tom of Finland. Something for everyone!

By:           matt baume
On:           Apr 14, 2014
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  • 16 Comments
    • Billy Budd
      Billy Budd

      Please, someone from Finland, send me a letter ASAP.

      Apr 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Titityy
      Titityy

      “Also, delightfully, the postal service is also issuing stamps that commemorate beloved cartoonist and children’s author Tove Jansson, which is pretty much the polar opposite of Tom of Finland.”

      FYI, Tove Jansson was lesbian/bisexual/non-straight and lived openly with her female partner for decades.

      Apr 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NateOcean
      NateOcean

      These will be used on extra large packages

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stevenw
      Stevenw

      Finland, you are awesome!

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      @Billy Budd: VIVA FINLANDIA. Hoi man go to Helsinki, I got family over there you would love them.

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HELyes
      HELyes

      You can say ToF has been become an established artist in Finland, 23 years after his death. Even the state of Finland has been promoting him, there have exhibitions at the state’s cultural institutions abroad like at the Institut Culturel Finlandais in Paris in 1999 already.

      An other thing is that generally Finns are relaxed with nudity, thanks to the old sauna tradition mostly. It seems it’s hard to shock a Finn by nudity, even if it’s a bare Tom’s butt.

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HELyes
      HELyes

      P.S
      Finnish postal services (Itella) on Tom:

      http://www.itella.fi/english/current/2014/20140413_stamps.html

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ingyaom
      ingyaom

      Beautiful butt:

      http://www.itella.fi/tiedotteet/images/2014/20140413_tom_of_finland_450.jpg

      Apr 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrokebackBob
      BrokebackBob

      Now if they could just have some of the postmen look like the ones on the stamps!

      Apr 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • misterhollywood
      misterhollywood

      When will our postal service make these? :)

      Apr 15, 2014 at 1:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd
      Billy Budd

      I will buy these stamps when they come out. If I understood correctly, they made only three Tom of Finland stamps, all together in a same thematic sheet.

      I love the way Europeans are liberal with sex and intolerant of violence. Violent movies can be watched by adults only, but movies with sex scenes can be watched by kids. Also, the age of consent in nordic countries is extremely low.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd
      Billy Budd

      The age of consent in Finland is 16. And according to the law, The sexual act may NOT be punishable if “there is no great difference in the ages or the mental and physical maturity of the persons involved”.

      I love Europe.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HELyes
      HELyes

      Funny to see Tom among all the ordinary stamps, with Christmas bells and reindeers :)

      http://digilibrary.itella.com/?cart=1667-balleljgmd&l=FI

      If interested to buy the ToF minisheet (3 stamps) check their Online shop later, the stamps will be released in September.

      https://verkkokauppa.posti.fi/PublishedService?file=&pageID=3&action=view&groupID=782&OpenGroups=782

      Apr 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Finland could make a lot of money selling those stamps abroad online.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SHARP
      SHARP

      We don’t need to imagine – Tom of Finland had a FULL exhibition at MOCA- Los Angeles just last year.

      http://www.worldoftomoffinland.com/tomsblog/?p=9933

      Apr 16, 2014 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Throbert McGee
      Throbert McGee

      Personally, I much prefer the drawing style of the underappreciated homegrown American homoerotica illustrator Harry Bush (yeah, that was his real name!), but this is still pretty cool.

      Apr 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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