Like how Norwegians are always making fun of Swedes, but if you as an outsider try to join in they suddenly start defending them? So when I told my Norwegian friends that I was off to Finland for a few weeks I knew not to take it too seriously when they laughed in my face. So you know those stereotypes I was talking about? And Finns?
Touko Valio Laaksonen 8 May — 7 November , best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland , was a Finnish artist known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic fetish art , and for his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images" by cultural historian Joseph W. Laaksonen was born and raised by a middle-class family in Kaarina , a town in southwestern Finland , near the city of Turku. The family lived in the school building's attached living quarters. He went to school in Turku and in , at the age of 19, he moved to Helsinki to study advertising. In his spare time he also started drawing erotic images for his own pleasure,  based on images of male laborers he had seen from an early age.