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A look inside Tom of Finland’s sketchbook reveals more than a hard pencil

Touko Valio Laaksonen, the queer Finnish artist better known as Tom of Finland, died in 1991. But his iconic homoerotic drawings are as popular now as in the 1950s and ‘60s — if not more so. On August 30, Skira releases Tom of Finland: An Imaginary Sketchbook.
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