TOM OF FINLAND
The new skateboard decks by Happy Hour Skateboards feature three original drawings by Tom Of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991).
With the collaboration Happy Hour Skateboards wants to honor Tom’s legacy, as well as support diversity within skateboarding. Helsinki-based Happy Hour Skateboards is the first ever skateboarding company to collaborate with Tom of Finland Foundation. The Happy Hour Skateboards X Tom of Finland collection includes three skateboard decks featuring original Tom of Finland drawings, as well as a limited edition clothing collection including t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags. The products will hit the shops on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Tom of Finland is one of the world’s most influential artists. From the late 1950s onwards he produced an impressive body of work, depicting strong, proud gay men. He played a key part in gay liberation, is a pop culture fixture, admired and collected by artists like Robert Mapplethorpe.
The Happy Hour Skateboards X Tom of Finland collection features three original Tom of Finland drawings, ”Day & Night” (1980) and ”Fuck The World” (1976).
“I wish all skateboarders around the world would be accepted as they are,” Poropudas adds.
Tom Of Finland Store (USA) - www.tomoffinlandstore.com
My Favorite Things (Helsinki, Finland) - www.myfavoritethings.fi
Beyond (Jyväskylä, Finland) - www.beyondstore.fi
Real Deal (Oulu, Finland) - www.realdeal.fi