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Hanki Panki
One of the sillier fashions of the past which seems now to have died out completely was the wearing of hankerchieves in the left or right back pocket. Keys were also worn on the left or right to signal active or passive and at one stage even minature teddy bears poked their sweet little faces out of left or right back pockets to signify guys who wanted to be cuddled from those who wanted to cuddle.

Today we are threatened with electronic gadgets into which we programme our sexual tastes and if another man carrying the same gadget is nearby  whose tastes match our own, both gadgets vibrate like crazy.

The wearing of hankies was adopted like all gay fashions by straight guys especially black guys. Of course they didn't always appreciate the meaning of the colours or the implications of left and right display so problems could arise.

I managed an amusement arcade for a short time in the eighties and had trouble with one seventeen year old black guy. He was in the habit of wearing a green hankie in his back left hand pocket and when I pointed out that this mean't he was a gay rent boy and threatened to tell his mates, I didn't get any more trouble.

Of course it could be he wasn't as daft as I thought 

So just for the record here is the code. Who know's it could catch on again


HANKIE CODE
WORN ON THE LEFT
WORN ON THE RIGHT
Light Blue Wants Cock sucked Sucks Cocks
Navy Blue Enjoys Active fucking Enjoys being fucked
Light Pink Dildo fucker Dildo fuckee
Grey Bondage Top Bondage Bottom
Green Rent Boy Rent Boy Customer
Olive Green Military top Military Bottom
Black/White stripe Likes black bottoms Likes Black Tops
Brown/white stripes Likes Latin/Indian bottoms Likes Latin/Indian Tops
Yellow'white stripes Likes Oriental Bottoms Likes Oriental Tops
Gold Two looking for one One looking for two
Mustard Has 8" or more Wants 8"or more
Leopard Has Tattoos Likes Tattoos
Yellow Gives Golden showers Receives Golden showers
Gold Lame Likes Bottom Musclemen Likes Top Musclemen
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Our Pink History 
A series of articles about our past (Other pages in this section)
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The Cottages of Merrie England

The nineteeth century
Section 11 and the aftermath

London in the eighties
A trip around some long gone venues

Drag Queens
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1967 and all that
The law changes but attitudes don't

The Seventies
Three years on and things start to move

Pin Ups
Pictures from the past

Tarzan

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