The seven hunky men that make up our “Fellows” print are actually from four different works by Tom of Finland and span the length of a decade, from 1977 to 1987, a period when Tom of Finland’s skill in rendering the male form was unparalleled.
In these drawings we see Tom’s vision of the ideal man, a vision that has helped to inform current conceptions of male beauty. Tom’s men are all broad-shouldered hunks with big pecs and well-defined abs.
Another distinguishing feature of Tom’s men is that they are usually uniformed, as is the case with most of the men in “Fellows.” The print design features aviators and sailors, as well as a biker and his slave. Tom’s fascination with uniforms started early in his life during World War II when he was conscripted into the Finnish Army. During that time, he had many intimate encounters with soldiers that would spark a lifelong attraction to and fixation with men in uniform.
His scrapbooks are full of cutouts from newspapers and magazines of uniformed men - cops, soldiers, and sailors - that he used as reference and inspiration for his work. From his fascination with these men, he created these lasting artworks, these ideal men, perfectly rendered, and which now can be enjoyed anytime with this collection from Finlayson.