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Tom of Finland: Yearning to Love

At last the story behind the cult illustrator of hyper-masculine cowboys is coming to the big screen in 2017. The trailer is already here to whet our appetites, however. There have been other films about the artist Tom of Finland, but this is the first one to be endorsed by the Tom of Finland Foundation, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of erotic art.

The film will tell the story of ‘Tom of Finland’ – Touko Laaksonen, a veteran of the Second World War and how his experiences as a queer man in the post-war period led to his practice as a queer artist. It’s easy to forget in these days of same-sex marriage how difficult it was for queer people in the past; Tom of Finland’s art was the vanguard of change.

Cultural historian Joseph Slade described Tom of Finland as the ‘most influential creator of gay pornographic images’. The artist produced 3500 illustrations over 40 years depicting muscular men with tight clothes or partially undressed. Considering the popularity of the images, it’s about time they were finally brought into the mainstream.

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The Art of Christopher Jenner: Atkinsons Maison in Burlington Arcade

No trip to London is complete (in SEEN’s humble opinion) without a visit to the glittering Burlington Arcade in Mayfair. Its hallowed precincts are a bastion of Britishness that is intimately associated with high society. Creators of fragrances to royalty, Atkinsons Maison has found a home there. They subsequently built up their business as purveyors …

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Holy Moly & the Crackers Announce their Biggest UK Tour to Date

The gloriously named Holy Moly and The Crackers hail from the North East of the UK and have a loyal, devoted and ever-increasing fan base: “They are a bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them” (Diva). The band have built themselves an enviable reputation, pulling packed houses for …

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes Release ‘Spray Paint Love’

SEEN has been enjoying the sound – and look – of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes ‘SPRAY PAINT LOVE’ shot in Samsung’s Hypercube: Following a string of must-see performances at some of the UK’s biggest festivals this summer including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds,  Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes share new single ‘Spray Paint Love’.  The …

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The Art of Anna Mazzotta: Narrative is Queen

You should all hereby go to La Trattoria by Alfredo Russo in the basement of the Pelham Hotel in South Kensington, not only to try the excellent Italian food but to view the remarkable exhibition by Anna Mazzotta. Her paintings are cinematic mise-en-scènes where the characters, often clad in vintage clothes, seem to communicate with …

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Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum

This perfect capsule exhibition brings home yet again to SEEN the sheer grit and determination of the man behind Ferrari; one of the world’s iconic vehicle brands. Here is evidence (£140million of it) of Enzo Ferrari’s grand obsession: cars whose lines make them more akin to space rockets than anything earthbound. The factories in which …