Unlike many of his friends, Laaksonen weathered the Aids crisis, but he died of emphysema in 1991, aged 71. He had been unknown to most Finns until his obituary appeared in the Helsinki Times. An hour-long documentary, Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy, came out shortly after his death; now the artist’s story has been told in Karukoski’s film. Starring Pekka Strang in what the Finnish actor describes as “the role of a lifetime”, the film takes us from Laaksonen’s formative time in the army to his later years as a cult hero. “It’s almost a Superman story, where the Clark Kent that works in an ad agency wearing a suit comes to LA and puts his leather gear on – the hero’s arrived!” says Karukoski. … [Read more...] about World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic
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At one point, a baby is heard crying in a nearby hotel room and she becomes visibly distressed. "Is that Joe? Can someone find out if that's Joe?" Joe, her son by her second husband, the theatre and film director Sam Mendes, is just three months old and she is still breast-feeding. She is voluminous on the subject of being a mother for the second time at the age of 28. "I think of myself as a mum who finds the time to go to work. I have to check myself for baby sick before I walk out of the house in the morning. I am really a mum ... I know I am a great mother." She defends herself against imagined criticism. "I was reading to Mia the other night and I thought, 'I need to tell her I am going to work and might have to leave the house before she gets up'. I said, 'Babe, you know mummy's got to work tomorrow.' And she said, 'Don't be silly, mummy, you don't work, you take me to school.' " Before suddenly checking herself: "I hate the fact that I'm sitting here forced to justify who I am … [Read more...] about Perfecting the illusion
Read the full interview with Barbara Currie in the April issue of Platinum magazine, on sale today (February 26). Barbara is celebrating 50 years of teaching yoga – for more information, please visit www.barbaracurrieyoga.com … [Read more...] about Woman, 78, claims she’s in the same shape and just as flexible as she was in her TWENTIES thanks to yoga – and insists just 20 minutes of stretching a day is enough to keep you toned
Unless it is binned (Betamax, Sinclair C5, Steve Jobs’s several duff wheezes) we can also be sure that what was revolutionary yesterday is accepted with time: the old avant garde is today’s establishment orthodoxy. The exceptional is rendered ordinary. It is absorbed, taken for granted, hardly noticed: a cardigan and carpet slippers await everything, so to speak. It is added to humankind’s crazes and fashions which are cumulative: nothing needs to make way for the next craze; there is infinite space for another means of transport, another sort of visual stimulation, another school of aggressive begging, a further variety of black ops. Stratum is piled upon stratum. The lower layers of the cassata do not buckle under the weight of those heaped above them. And what endures is unforeseeable. The apparently ephemeral persists. The self-proclaimingly sustainable withers. The future is untellable: futurology is an unintentionally comic pseudo-science, hardly more reliable … [Read more...] about Appy medium: could Instagram start an artistic revolution?