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.
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…
Translation: “I’m into water sports. And, no, I don’t mean jet skiing.”
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.”
Translation: “Fist pump!”
Translation: “My undying affection can be yours… for a price.”
Translation: “All of the above. (Anything goes!)”