In the major retrospective of his drawings at Artists Space, The Pleasure of Play , the public gets a look into the mind of Tom of Finland, a master of the homoerotic, who played with proportions, politics, taboos, and masculinity as a whole to create the beefcakes that have tantalized the underground for years, and have recently re-emerged into public consciousness as early subversive titans. Whether you know his name or not, you have absolutely seen the work of Tom of Finland Touko Laaksonen, His depictions of thick, muscled bodies with their bulging thighs and arms; high pectorals and bubble butts; and sweet Teutonic faces playing the role of every desirable type of macho man under the sun have exaggerated the male ideal to comical proportions. With self-assured grins that seem to be directly linked to what they boast below the belt, the anonymous characters in this work interact with each other in pornographic fantasies in an eye-opening array of sexual positions and situations.
How Equality Changed the Gay Erotic Fantasy - HISKIND Magazine
She sang, they fucked behind closed doors. We mainly know what happened through the words and the tongues of the people who lived it. This gay fantasy, forced by the time, was barely visible. The medium and form of gay erotica has changed as the visibility of gay men in society and culture has increased.