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Levi’s Is Bringing Back The Hanky Code Just In Time For Pride

by Graham Gremore May 19, 2016


The 1970s are making a comeback.

Levi’s just announced its new its limited edition Pride Collection for 2016, which is being produced in partnership with the Harvey Milk Foundation. The collection includes Harvey Milk t-shirts, tanks and ringer Ts, plus Pride-themed jorts (jean shorts) and trucker jackets. But our favorite part of the collection are the colored paisley print handkerchiefs.

Related: How Well Do You Know The Gay Hanky Code?

Long before Grindr and gay chat rooms, gay men had the hanky code. First adopted in the early ’70s, the hanky code was a way for guys to discreetly signal their preferred sexual fetishes, positions and interests. In 1972, Larry Townsend published The Leatherman’s Handbook which delineated what each color meant. The book was a huge hit and ultimately ended up being rereleased 11 years later as a revised edition.

Check out the new Levi’s hankies and our translations of what each one means…

Yellow hanky 771380917-front-grid

Translation: “I’m into water sports. And, no, I don’t mean jet skiing.”

Pink hanky


Translation: “I have an impressive collection of large rubber objects back at my apartment. Would you care to see?”

Dark blue hanky


Translation: “I’m very anal… And not in a retentive way.”

Light blue hanky


Translation: “There will be an oral exam at my place at 3 p.m. sharp.”

Red hanky


Translation: “Fist pump!”

Green hanky


Translation: “My undying affection can be yours… for a price.”

Orange hanky


Translation: “All of the above. (Anything goes!)”

Related: From The Depths Of The ’80s Comes “Gay Monopoly,” A Forgotten Board Game Gem

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