As you might already know, Touko Laaksonen, otherwise known as Tom of Finland, got his start in the pages of Physique Pictorial, way back in 1956 – Bob Mizer even gave him his name, discarding Touko for the Americanized, Tom. Well, it’s been a long time since Tom’s anatomically engorged, hyper-masculine men made their way onto the pages of PP, but as time passes, his drawings only grow in popularity and prestige.
In her new 666 page celebration of his work, Tom of Finland XXL, Dian Hanson, along with artists like John Waters and Tod Oldham, explores nearly 60 years through Tom’s eyes. Fittingly, the Tom tome measures up at 29 x 40.5 cm. It’s a $200 hardcover, and like all their fine art volumes, this one comes in three languages - English, French and German. Check out what people are saying about XXL here, and buy it in the Taschen store.
We’ve seen the final product, and believe us, this is the book to own on Tom.