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The Truth About the Hanky Code and Its Importance in Gay Culture

The Truth About the Hanky Code and Its Importance in Gay Culture

Think of a day when there were no cell phones, no Grindr or Jack'd. How did gay men find ways to identify other like-minded individuals?

The handkerchief code, which is also called the Hanky Code or the bandana code or flagging, is a color-coded system used by gay male casual-sex seekers and the BDSM sexual fetish community. Hanky colors indicate the form of sexual activities the individual seeks and the pocket location indicates if they’re dominant / top (left) or submissive / bottom (right). This code was commonly used during the 1970s by gay and bisexual men and progressed from there so as to include orientations and genders.

The Truth about the Handy Code and Its Importance in Gay Culture

The Hanky Code is the traditional type of signaling to others your sexual preferences and interests. Gay men used this particular code to communicate with one another in the often distracting and noisy environment of the gay bars. Though not as commonly used today it is a crucial resource and is, among those who know, a good conversation starter.

iPhone Covers - Hanky Code - Kinkster NYC

The Hanky Code is not only classic but a vital part of gay culture. While you may not be interested in wearing a hanky in your back pocket, Kinkster NYC has updated the Hanky Code so you can share your preferences on iPhone covers, Mugs & Pillows. Kinkster NYC decided to create an artistic cover for the iPhone which replaces the back pocket hanky because, in today's world, while some men might carry their phone inside their back pocket, others might put it in their front shirt pocket, their front pants pocket, or they might lay it on the table while having dinner. For those people familiar with the Hanky Code this modern twist on the classic code will be a great conversation starter.

These iPhone covers are made of high-quality materials and each piece was artistically designed to be the best choice. These covers are suitable to be used anywhere you go. From the Black Party in NYC to the Folsom Street Festival in San Francisco, Folsom Street East in NYC, or your weekly bar hop through the city, this modern take on the Gay Hanky Code is a stylish, accessory for gay men who appreciate the history of the LGBTQ community.

Check out Kinkster NYC's Hanky Code iPhone Covers to learn more.





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Kinkster NYC Sizing Chart

The best way to determine size is to measure one of your favorite fitting shirts first and comparing to our approximated size charts.

WIDTH: The body width is measured by laying the shirt flat on it's back, keeping it free from wrinkles, and measuring from one arm pit to the other arm pit.

LENGTH: The body length is measured from neck seam to the bottom of the T-shirt.

APPROXIMATE CHEST: Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest. Be sure to keep tape level across back and comfortably loose.