The Hanky code (also known as handkerchief code or bandana code) is a color-coded system employed in the gay rubber ad fetish community to indicate preferred sexual fetishes and roles.
In this code, each color refers to a specific sexual preference / fetish
Originally to indicate the color, gay men used a bandanna (handkerchief) put in the back pocket, but today are widespread wrist bands, armbands, bootlaces and stripes on clothing (leather trousers, shirts, ecc..)
Left or Right ?
A relevant element of Hanky code is the location: wear a color on the right indicates a bottom role while wearing a color on the left indicates a top role.
This “position” code is also common outside of the hanky code, and is used in the gay rubber, fetish and BDSM combined with objects: whips, hood, cuffs, etc.
So, if you see a guy with the handcuffs attached to the left side of his belt, it will mean that he likes to handcuff (top part), while if you see someone with a whip attached to the right side of his belt this will mean that he likes to be whipped (bottom part).
Most common colors
|Color||Worn on left||Worn on right|
|BLACK||SM Top||SM bottom|
|GREY||Bondage Top||Bondage bottom|
|YELLOW, Bright||Will piss||Takes piss|
|RED||Will fist||Fist me|
|BROWN||Scat gives||Scat receives|
|BLUE||Will fuck you||Fuck me|