Matthew Camp Brings Tom of Finland to Life in Gay Porn

2020 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland Foundation, the organization that works to keep the iconic artist’s legacy alive, is starting its celebrations this month a little early with a series of erotic films. As a multi-part project, the collaboration will kick off with Tom of Finland: 1957. That film stars model Matthew Camp as a police officer and Theo Brady and Kurtis Wolfe as a birdwatcher and fisherman, respectively. The period piece harkens back to Tom’s earliest sketches where he depicted day labourers as well as other common men. Much in the spirit of both Tom of Finland’s art and Men.com’s impetus, the scene devolves into an eventual threesome. It will release on December 13.

Born Touko Laaksonen in Finland in 1920, Tom earned fans in the U.S. starting in 1957, with the publication of his first illustration in Physique Pictorial, a jolly lumberjack, shirtless and balancing on a log floating down a river.

A Bob Mizer-produced magazine, Physique Pictorial boasted muscle-bound men in “health and fitness” spreads that circumvented laws prohibiting gay pornography in the United States. But more than just titillate readers, Tom of Finland sought to create a happy, masculine identity for the gay men who had otherwise only seen themselves portrayed in culture as comical sissies or psychological defects.

In his essay for the Taschen collection Tom of Finland XXL, John Waters calls Tom the grand-daddy of this cultural image of the big, swaggering gay man. “His drawings are beautiful, confident, sexy, totally original and butch-elegant. … He invented a look, and you better respect it.”

According to OUT magazine, “The film will mark the first since Camp was announced as an exclusive model for Men.com. Before being signed, Camp also collaborated with Men.com on a “docusex series” called Camp Chaos that debuted at various film festivals.

But 1957 is only the beginning of the Tom of Finland X Men.com link up: the project will include films from Bruce LaBruce, Matt Lambert, and Cory Krueckeberg. According to XBIZ, though the first three installments will be period pieces, “follow-up episodes move into the present-day and the future,” in a bid to reimagine Tom for a younger crowd. Terry Miller, who has been one of the modern day faces of Tom of Finland as he is the model of choice for the Tom of Finland Store, will also play a role. Musician Casey Spooner will as well.

They have also launched a  line of co-branded posters, bags, and mugs featuring logos as well as promo imagery from the 1957 shoot has also launched.

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