There aren’t many iPhone apps out there for kinksters. Actually this is the first one targeted at us that I’ve ever heard of. There are a couple gay apps like Grindr.
Before you delve to far into this, if you don’t know what the Hanky Code is, check out an earlier post I did about it.
The Hanky Code app is a $1.99 app that allows you to select from an array of hankies to that will be displayed on your iPhone. The blue hanky, to the right, is an example of what is displayed on your iPhone screen.Essentially the color is the only thing that will change. If you happen to be somewhere, see a hanky and aren’t sure what it means; you could also use the app to look up the meaning.
Not only are those features included, but you can also read about the history of the Hanky Code.
A for how someone would actually use this to flag, it’s best to read directly from the creator in an interview with Butt Magazine:
How does it work? Is it like Grindr?
Not really. Suppose you were at a bar and you saw someone with a real hanky in their back pocket, you could just pull up the app real quick, click on the color and it would give you the meaning. The app also will light up your screen with a picture of whatever hanky you are so the iPhone actually becomes the hanky. If you’re at a coffee shop or a restaurant somewhere and you’re working on your computer you can have your iPhone to the left or to the right of your computer or your coffee and guys walk by and the notice it and they’re like ‘hmm.’
So… yeah. Please let me know if you see someone doing this and if possible take a picture and send it to me. Firstly, the app costs $1.99 so unless you truly find the novelty worth it, I’d recommend just going out and buying an actual hanky. If you want to look up the hanky code, just visit this site on your iPhone, for my iPhone optimized site, click the little down arrow to the right side and you can view my large list of Hanky Codes.
The other major problem I have with the app is the extreme lack of hanky colors. While the red hanky (fisting) does flash up when you start the app, it disappears and you can’t select it from the list. Another very popular color, yellow (watersports/pissing), is missing from the list. Instead you have one’s for people with a “navel fetish”. With the minimal amount of time it would take to create a more extensive list of hankies, I’m disappointed in the app. And amazed that they charge $1.99 for it.
I’d recommend avoiding this app for now. Maybe in the future it’ll actually become useful, but for now it’s a poor novelty app. I’ll let you know if it does become better being that I did waste the $1.99 so you guys wouldn’t need to.