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Tom of Finland stamp images courtesy of Itella Posti Oy

Work / Graphic Design

Graphic Design: Whoever chose Tom of Finland to be on Finnish stamps is a genius

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.

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Tom of Finland stamp images courtesy of Itella Posti Oy

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Tom of Finland stamp images courtesy of Itella Posti Oy

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Tom of Finland stamp images courtesy of Itella Posti Oy

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Tom of Finland stamp images courtesy of Itella Posti Oy