via Itella Posti
I need a Finnish pen pal. This fall Finland's postal service, Itella Posti, is releasing a new series of stamps paying homage to legendary homoerotic illustrator Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland. Laaksonen's iconic hyper-masculine drawings helped give rise to fetish art and made an incredible impact on gay culture. During a career spanning from the '50s to the '70s, Laaksonen produced over 3,500 illustrations challenging sexual norms and popular tropes while giving leather daddies what they desperately craved: hot guys and a sense of empowerment.
"The sheet portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country," said Timo Berry, the graphic designer who designed the stamp.
Other seasonal releases will include stamps featuring Jaakko Tähti's photos of Finnish bridges and traditional Christmas images by book illustrator Kristina Segercrantz.