Finland’s new stamps feature drawings by Finnish-born artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland. Tom’s hyper-masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in the gay genre and had an influence on pop culture and fashion in general. All stamps today are self-adhesive, of course but this reminds of an old joke on SNL’s Weekend update – “A new stamp will be issued to commemorate the world’s oldest profession; prostitution. The stamp will sell for 25 cents, 50 cents if you want to lick it.” The hot new stamps will go into circulation in late summer.
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