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Creator / Tom of Finland

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Tom of Finland (real name Touko Valio Laaksonen, 8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991) is one of the most famous artists of gay men in history, and the modern Trope Codifier of the Manly Gay trope. He specialized in drawing sailors and leather-clad bikers...with Raging Stiffies in their pants. He also loved to draw lumberjacks and construction workers.

Tom himself served as a Lieutenant in the Finnish Army during World War II. He was a fire control officer in the anti-aircraft troops, and his bravery earned him Vapaudenristi (Cross of Freedom) decoration. His drawing style has been claimed to be the inspiration of Freddie Mercury's performance style.

A documentary about his life and works called Daddy And The Muscle Academy was released in 1991, and a biopic called Tom Of Finland was released in 2017.

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