It is believed that the hanky code was developed in San Francisco during the gold rush of the mid-1900’s. As there were too few women in the town at the time, men would dance with each other (and more, no doubt) on Saturday nights. A handkerchief tied around either arm would signify whether the man wanted to lead (left) or be lead (right)
The practice was revived in the mid-1970’s in San Francisco and extended to signify different sexual interests by means of colour. The practice seems to have died out a little, though those into fisting tend to continue this useful habit more than others.
Colours can be used in several ways beyond a hanky in the back pocket – striped armbands are popular, as well as piping or stripes in jeans and chaps, stripes on jock straps look great too.
The list has been added to over the years with some rather tongue-in-cheek colours and patterns which only served to confuse things. Herewith a back- to-basics list:
Colour Left Right
Black SM Top SM bottom
Yellow Watersports Top Watersports bottom
Red Fister Fistee
Navy Blue Fucker Fuckee
Grey Bondage Top Bondage bottom
Green Daddy Boy
Light Blue Wants to be sucked Wants to suck cock
Brown Scat Top Scat bottom
Orange Anything, now Nothing, just cruising
Purple Piercing Top Piercing bottom
White Wants to be jerked off Wants to jerk off someone