Stamps deserve to be emblazoned with heroes. Remember when artist Steve McQueen made a series of soldiers killed in Afghanistan? or when the Royal Mail chose to promote classic characters from British children’s television? It’s the perfect medium with which to send national treasures across the globe. Even if you only ever use the postal system when writing your grandma a postcard.
Naturally, the clever clogs in Finland’s postal service have decided that they want to promote one of their own most treasured heroes – Tom of Finland, created by artist Touko Laaksonen. The iconically erotic, homosexual illustrations have brought a hell of a lot of joy to a people over the years, perhaps because they picture people being naked and indulging in sex and really, really enjoying it. As well as being useful and promoting this absolute legend, the stamps themselves have been impeccably designed.
If you find yourself in Finland any time soon, the life of Touko Laaksonen will be celebrated in an exhibition of his life’s work in the Tampere Postal Museum from 6 September 2014.
- Another week over, it's Best of the Web!
- Joseph Harmon's warped intricate works unveiled at new show in Brooklyn
- Sophie Littman captures the underlying awkwardness of a village orchestra
- New York-based agency T&T&T are in it for “$$$$$, fame and graphic bliss”
- The psychedelic world of Dexter Navy
- Photographer Ilyes Griyeb takes us to Senegal's salt lakes
- Trump protest pins by Sagmeister & Walsh, Hort, Olimpia Zagnoli and more
- “Nymphomaniac” photographer Casper Sejersen's explosive images
- Kalen Hollomon's collages mix sex with fortune cookies
- Graphic designer Timo Lenzen fuses hyperreal, architectural forms with vivid colours
- Google and INT Works commission 19 illustrators to create over 500 works for Allo app launch
- Anja Wicki's sarcastically sweet comic illustrations