'Hankies 4 Pansies' is a modern take on the hanky code, a queer cruising code that utilises coloured bandanas to indicate sexual preferences. The traditional paisley patterns are replaced with floral patterns that ambiguously decode the sexual acts that the colours refer to. The project arose out of an interest in queer signalling and the significance of online and offline queer community and love making in light of increased internet censorship. 'Hankies 4 Pansies' is a light hearted introduction to the hanky code for younger and older queer people who might not be familiar with it or need a refresher of the different meanings.
Fashion Shoot – Photographer: JJ Thunderkhat; Model: Katayoun Jalili