Finland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) – the punk band living with learning disabilities – will be challenging discriminatory attitudes in a stamp dedicated to the band. Posti will release the stamp on May 11, a week before the Eurovision.
Band’s singer Kari Aalto, featured in the foreground, is thrilled with the end result. “Us getting our own stamp definitely feels really excellent, fantastic and cool. The stamp looks great and I think it’s totally punk,” Aalto commented from their tour bus.
Bass player Sami Helle also thinks the stamp is great news, “It’s interesting, we’ve never appeared on a stamp before.” Drummer Toni Välitalo also thinks the stamp looks great, “I will definitely get some myself,” he said. “It’s not bad, is it, getting your own stamp,” said guitarist Pertti Kurikka.
The punk-inspired stamp is designed by Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu.
The photography is by Pekka Elomaa and Ari Lakaniemi. The colourful sheet of stamps also features the portraits of each band member drawn by Pertti Kurikka. The band logo is the work of the band’s manager Kalle Pajamaa.
any people think that PKN will win the Eurovision this year, including the British daily broadsheet, Guardian.
For now, however, we will just need to wait and see.
In the meantime, if you would like to give Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät a boost before the big day, you can send them a postcard and other fan mail at Lyhty ry, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, FI-00390 HELSINKI, FINLAND.
Source: Posti Oy