Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: provided (above: a cropped version of No more slave by TWOTOM; see the full version below)
From a framed picture of a 'jock' (why not?) to a sofa cushion with a flaccid penis on (again, why not?) to two motorcycles having sex (in a Lady Gaga Born This Way cover sort of way), the entries to the 2020 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Contest entries are among the sexiest and most outlandish ever.
Indeed, after a forensic judging process - which included the help of famous names like fashion icon JW Anderson and actor Russell Tovey - the comp has recently announced its winners.
(Side note: the winner of The Tom of Finland Grand Prize and The Dean Cameron Multiple Figure Awards is by New Zealand artist MR GRUTS and titled Country Club; you can check out the highly sexually explicit illustration here.)
Meantime, here are six safe for work-ish winners to feast your eyes on...
KI YOONG (UK), Jock, 2020, Watercolour on paper, jockstrap, 10″ x 8″ - THE BILL “THE HUN” SCHMELING SINGLE FIGURE AWARD
JOHN SOHN (USA), Soft Contact Pillow, 2020, Wool canvas (90% worsted new wool, 10% nylon), shredded organic latex, 18” x 18” x 14” - FANTASY 3rd Prize
TWOTOM (USA), No more slave, 2020, Pencil, color paint on paper, 18″ x 24″ - FANTASY 2nd Prize
LIMA DRIB (Belgium), Nature Morte-Ambri, 2020, Digital, 3,600px x 2,700px - SINGLE FIGURE 3rd Prize
WITT FETTER (USA), POV: THE ARTIST HAS DYSPHORIA, 2020, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″ - THE PALANCA FANTASY AWARD
XANDR ARQUIN (USA), In Ecstasy-Encasement, 2020, Lith print on gelatin silver, 8″ x 10″ - PHOTOGRAPHY 2nd Prize