Photo by Peter Tomka
The Tom of Finland Foundation has collaborated with artists and designers to satisfy a new generation of collectors with a variety of objects and apparel (including rugs, clothes, and dildos), so I was curious what might be available at Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play, the comprehensive Tom of Finland exhibition, through Aug. 23 at Artists Space in New York City's SoHo.
Two T-shirts are available for purchase, a simple white one with a drawing and an elaborate muscle tee with that has a high-resolution printing of collaged images from his archive on both sides (an example of one the designs is pictured below).
Unsure what the busy design would look like when worn, I was surprised to see a guy wearing the shirt the following day at the Sunday Backyard Barbecue at Metropolitan bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and couldn't help but poke one of the dude's faces covering his nipple and complimented him on the Tom tee. He didn't seem to mind.