Hanky Codes

  • fryblock

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    Jun 27, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I don't know anyone who still uses them, but just for fun what would you wear?
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:10 AM GMT
    What's a hanky code? Hmm I'm getting the feeling I am not very classy...
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:15 AM GMT


    Hey Trowelmonger, Caslon had a list he posted not long ago about all the colours and what they mean. This was very big back in the 70s and 80s especially.

    Send a message and he'll probably post 'em for you!


    -us

    PS in Vancouver a small stuffed teddyy bear in either the left or right back pocket said you were a cuddler or liked to be cuddled.

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    Jun 27, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    Do guys still use hankies? I think this needs to be modernized. How about colored rubber bracelets instead. icon_lol.gif

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    Jun 27, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    COLOR
    WORN ON LEFT
    WORN ON RIGHT

    BLACK
    heavy SM top
    heavy SM bottom

    GREY
    bondage top
    fit to be tied!

    BLACK w/ WHITE CHECK
    safe sex top
    safe sex bottom

    GREY W/BLACK CHECK
    light SM top
    light SM bottom

    GREY FLANNEL
    owns a suit
    likes men in suits

    BLACK w/WHITE Stripe
    likes black bottoms
    likes black tops

    CHARCOAL
    latex fetish top
    latex fetish bottom

    BLACK VELVET
    has/takes videos
    will perform for the camera

    BLUE, Light
    wants head
    cocksucker

    BLUE, Robin's Egg
    69er
    anything but 69ing

    BLUE, Medium
    cop
    copsucker

    BLUE, Navy
    fucker (top)
    fuckee (bottom)

    BLUE, Airforce
    pilot/flight attendant
    likes flyboys

    BLUE, Light w/WHITE Stripe
    sailor
    lookin' for salty seamen

    BLUE, Teal
    cock & ball torturer
    cock & ball torturee

    RED
    fist fucker
    fist fuckee

    RED w/WHITE Stripe
    shaver
    shavee

    RED w/BLACK Stripe
    furry bear
    likes bears

    MAROON
    cuts
    bleeds

    RED, Dark
    2-handed fister
    2-handed fistee

    PINK, Light
    dildo fucker
    dildo fuckee

    PINK, Dark
    tit torturer
    tit torturee

    MAUVE
    into navel worshippers
    has a navel fetish

    FUSCHIA
    spanker
    spankee

    MAGENTA
    suck my pits
    armpit freak

    PURPLE
    piercer
    piercee

    LAVENDER
    likes drag queens
    drag queen

    YELLOW
    pisser/WaterSports
    piss freak

    YELLOW, Pale
    spits
    drool crazy

    MUSTARD
    hung 8"+
    wants 8"+

    GOLD
    two looking for one
    one looking for two

    YELLOW w/WHITE Stripe
    likes Asian bottoms
    likes Asian tops

    GOLD LAME
    likes muscleboy bottoms
    likes muscleboy tops

    ORANGE
    anything anytime
    nothing now (just cruising)

    APRICOT
    two tons o' fun
    chubby chaser

    CORAL
    suck my toes
    shrimper (sucks toes)

    RUST
    a cowboy
    a cowboy's horse

    GREEN, Kelly
    hustler (for rent)
    john (looking to buy)

    GREEN, Hunter
    daddy
    orphan boy looking for daddy

    OLIVE DRAB
    military top
    military bottom

    GREEN, Lime
    dines off tricks (food)
    dinner plate (will buy dinner)

    BEIGE
    rimmer
    rimmee

    BROWN
    scat top
    scat bottom

    BROWN LACE
    uncut
    likes uncut

    BROWN SATIN
    cut
    likes cut

    BROWN w/WHITE Stripe
    likes latino bottoms
    likes latino tops

    WHITE
    beat my meat (J/O)
    I'll do us both (J/O)

    HOLSTEIN
    milker
    milkee

    CREAM
    cums in condoms
    sucks cum out of condoms

    WHITE LACE
    likes white bottoms
    likes white tops

    WHITE VELVET
    voyeur (likes to watch)
    will put on a show

    BLUE, Light w/WHITE Dots
    likes white suckers
    likes to suck whites

    BLUE, Light w/BLACK Dots
    likes black suckers
    likes to suck blacks

    BLUE, Light w/BROWN Dots
    likes latino suckers
    likes to suck latinos

    BLUE, Light w/YELLOW Dots
    likes asian suckers
    likes to suck asians

    RED/WHITE GINGHAM
    park sex top
    park sex bottom

    BROWN CORDUROY
    headmaster
    student

    FUR
    bestialist top
    bestialist bottom

    SILVER LAME
    starfucker
    celebrity

    LEOPARD
    has tattoos
    likes tattoos

    TAN
    smokes cigars
    likes cigars

    TEDDY BEAR
    cuddler
    cuddlee

    PAISLEY
    wears boxer shorts
    likes boxer shorts

    UNION JACK
    skinhead top
    skinhead bottom

    MOSQUITO NETTING
    outdoor sex top
    outdoor sex bottom

    KEWPIE DOLL
    chicken (under-aged)
    chicken hawk (likes young adolescents)

    DIRTY JOCKSTRAP
    wears a dirty jock
    sucks dirty jocks clean

    DOILY
    tearoom top (pours)
    tearoom bottom (drinks)

    ZIPLOC BAG
    has drugs
    looking for drugs

    COCKTAIL NAPKIN
    bartender
    bar groupie

    KLEENEX
    stinks
    sniffs

    KEYS IN FRONT
    has a car
    looking for a ride

    KEYS IN BACK
    has a home
    needs a place to stay

    HOUNDSTOOTH
    likes to nibble
    willing to be bitten

    CALICO
    new in town
    tourists welcome

    TERRYCLOTH
    bathhouse top
    bathhouse bottom

    WHITE w/MULTICOLOR Dots
    hosting an orgy
    looking for an orgy

  • Webster666

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    Jun 27, 2009 6:39 AM GMT
    I'm a little concerned about guys misunderstanding those too similar shades of yellow.
    You could either get spit on, pissed on, or "DING DING DING !" hit the jackpot !
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    Jun 27, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
    a teddybear in the pocket means like to cuddle

    a plastic fork
    buys dinner, you're mine
    has dinner bought, I'm yours
  • GQjock

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    Jun 27, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    Holy Crap icon_eek.gif

    I have enough trouble deciding if my sneakers match my tank top
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    Jun 27, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    OhhMeOhhMy!!!!! I'm in trouble! I'm versatile and try almost anything once plus repeat it twice to be sure..icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif....But wearing all the hankies......No way! I'll stick to my "I'm horny!" -T-shirt, when I'm on a manhunt.icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 27, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    GQjock saidHoly Crap icon_eek.gif

    I have enough trouble deciding if my sneakers match my tank top

    Don't worry, I haven't seen hankies in a while now. About the only place is leather bars that specialize in rough trade.

    But in a mainstream US gay club today I think most guys would laugh if they saw someone doing that, like wearing a polyester leisure suit, or doing John Travolta moves on the dance floor.

    Jack to Will on Will & Grace: "You still point when you dance."
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    Jun 27, 2009 2:27 PM GMT

    White hanky right pocket.
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    Jun 27, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    This hanky code fascinates me. 1) How the hell are you supposed to remember all that!? 2) Was this for a specialized setting (ie in a gay bar) or would you wear them anywhere to get picked up? 3) Was this as common of a practice as the complexity of the code leads me to believe, or was this for certain groups? 4) Was there a discussion of this, or was the hanky in the pocket just an assumed communication and you could just take this guy home and act out whatever color he was wearing? 5) Was it a two way communication street? 6) How did it develop? 7) When was its hey-day? icon_cool.gif When did it die out? 9) Is the continuation of the hanky code in the leather scene still a valid practice, or is it simply an homage to the its former popularity?

    I've always been pretty curious about it, but I really haven't found any really good explanations of how it actually worked. Can anyone point me in the direction of more information?
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    Jun 27, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Damn, guess I have to ink these codes on my palm like a cheat sheet when I go out. Problem is, I see a horny guy and my palms get sweaty. Oh NO!
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    Jun 27, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    HotToddy saidThis hanky code fascinates me. 1) How the hell are you supposed to remember all that!? 2) Was this for a specialized setting (ie in a gay bar) or would you wear them anywhere to get picked up?

    Most of the time it was just a few basic colors, to say if you were a top or bottom, or into anything more kinky. It began in the pre-Stonewall gay clubs when even there you had to be discreet, and for years afterwards as anti-gay laws only gradually disappeared.

    Gays had their clubs, like Stonewall, but they were technically illegal in most US jurisdictions. Subject to frequent police raids, and infiltrated with undercover cops, you had to be careful how you communicated your interests to other guys. Speaking them to a plainclothes detective would get you arrested, even in a so-called gay club. So the hanky code developed.

    My partner tells me about the clubs in Boston, where most gay guys went with a woman, the original fag hags, who were used as decoys. You danced with other guys, until the alarm was given that the police were coming in. Then you all grabbed a woman on the dance floor, a bizarre form of musical chairs, and if you lacked a woman, you quickly tried to find a table to sit down.

    The police also knew the game, and would interrogate the men, seeing if they really knew the name of the woman with whom they were dancing or sitting. Another thing the police did was underwear checks, of any drag performers. It was legal for men to wear women's outer clothing as part of a stage costume, but you still had to wear men's shorts underneath. Women's undergarments were illegal, even bras in some locales.

    The police checked underwear both in the clubs and on the public streets outside. They also made you confirm that you were a scheduled act. If not, you were arrested. Likewise if you wore makeup not part of a stage performance.

    So the need for gays to communicate surreptitiously even inside nominally gay clubs created various forms of non-verbal communication. Today in the US these are not really needed, unless I suppose in a straight place, and becoming obsolete.
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    I know in this time of everyone bustin on Obama for not moving fast enough on granting "us" better civil rights... All I have to do is just look back at the last few years. The times "they are a-changin". That does make me happy.
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDo guys still use hankies? I think this needs to be modernized. How about colored rubber bracelets instead. icon_lol.gif

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    One of the first times I went to a gay club, my friends told with me that my LiveStrong yellow bracelet meant I was into watersports. icon_eek.gif I couldn't tell if they were joking or not, so I took it off just to be safe.
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    They should have a hanky code for those like me who are disabled (red/green colorblind) ...how am I supposed to tell that something is Robin's Egg Blue? Haha

    Fun though, I would need the cliff's notes, everytime I see someone with a hanky in their pocket, I would have to look it up.

    alot to remember, maybe someone could invent the Hanky Code IPhone app?
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    Jun 27, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    Go to a leather or a fetish bar and guys still wear them. Fulsom East was last weekend and they were everywhere.
  • westguy79

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    Jun 27, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    I saw guys wearing hankies during IML. It seems quite complicated to memorize all the different "codes". Can't you just walk up to a guy and say "hi"?
  • jgymnast733

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    Jun 27, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Medium Blue or Mustard for me...
    Some bars wont allow admission to you if you display your hankys because of gang affilition here in new york. But when someone ask's me what gang am i with, i always tell them ''I'm down with the booty bandits''....icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 27, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    My lesbians and I wear them every once in a while, just for the fun factor.
  • KissTheSky

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    Jun 27, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    Wow, more than 50 hankie codes?

    We need an iPhone app for this... icon_lol.gif


  • DCEric

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    Jun 27, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    jgymnast733 saidMedium Blue or Mustard for me...
    Some bars wont allow admission to you if you display your hankys because of gang affilition here in new york. But when someone ask's me what gang am i with, i always tell them ''I'm down with the booty bandits''....icon_wink.gif


    Gangs that hang out in gay bars? Clearly I am hanging out with the wrong crowd.
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    Gosh talk about a walk down memory lane.

    When I was active on the gay community, this was all the rage with the Muncho Merry's, leather queens; wanna be men, with their moustaches and plaid shirts. But they were among the first too be infected, and affected by AIDS, and the fade dyed out with em.
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    that's disgusting.