Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), more popularly known as Tom of Finland, was a gay Finnish designer and painter, world-famous for his fantastical, fetishistic representations of men. His illustrations focused on homoerotic archetypes including lumberjacks, police and men dressed in leather. These caused him to be a controversial forerunner of gay rights, influencing and changing the representation of gay men with a simple message 'Gay = Good'. His work has been and continues to be exhibited widely across Europe and America. In 1984, Laaksonen co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation with his long-time collaborator and advocate Durk Dehner. The foundation continues to maintain the Tom of Finland archive as well as being a home for erotic art and supporting emerging queer creatives.