Thanks to a loyal blog reader for bringing this to my attention: come September, Finland will be releasing three new stamps using imagery from the famously iconic drawings of Touko Laaksonen, otherwise known as Tom of Finland.
According to the Finland Postal Service,
His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings… The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.
As I said, I think I’ll take up stamp collecting again:
And here is the entire image from which the drawings for the stamps were selected:Woof. Just woof.
Amusing or interesting or whatever you want to say, it goes to show you how disconnected from the gay leather world I have become, because I was not aware of these stamps and their planned release until a reader of this blog informed me. Thank you for that… and thanks to all of you who contribute ideas of topics or items about which I can write.
More info about these stamps and their release is here.
Life is short: enjoy licking stamps again.