Tom met a young man on a street corner and they had casual sex. Tom opened up and told the man that he was looking for something more. They met again and spent the night together. Then the next, and the next. His name was Veli, which means "brother" in Finnish.
"While sex between men was partially decriminalised 50 years ago in the UK, in Finland it took until 1971. And it wasn't until very recently that the Finns were relaxed enough about homosexuality to openly acknowledge one of their country's most famous exports. In 2014, they put
his unmistakably erotic artwork on a set of stamps; this year, a
biopic became a mainstream hit at the nation's multiplexes. Almost 100 years after his birth in the town of Kaarina, Tom of Finland had come home."