Attention Tom of Finland fans: The Tom of Finland Foundation released a new emoji this week that you can use to pictorially translate your love of the queer icon ― or whatever emotion you want him to represent.
According to a press release issued to The Huffington Post by the country of Finland, the Tom of Finland emoji is a celebration of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Finland, legislation that will go into effect March 1, 2017. The new addition is one of seven new emojis being added to the existing Finland emoji collection.
“We’ve kept our tongue-in-cheek approach,” Petra Theman, Director for Public Diplomacy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, said in the press release. “However, the emojis still clearly convey what Finland feels is important: biodiversity and natural coexistence – coexistence with the challenges of our environment and also harmonious coexistence with each other.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Tom of Finland, also known as Touko Laaksonen, the Finnish, seminal queer artist is famous for his stylized and highly erotic depictions of gay men and overt sexuality.
With the release of this new set, 56 emojis are now available from the Finland emojis app ― a free download in the Google Play and App Store. The emojis can also be downloaded as images here.
Pretty cool, right? We’re already brainstorming the perfect occasions to use this little guy.