Monday, January 31, 2011

Bandana Bra

Thanks, Anne-Louise. I agree, a much better (and relevant) picture!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Explicit Bandana

An anonymous American reader sent me this picture below and yes, it does show a bandana, but somehow, it seems the focus is not really on the bandana.
Researching 'everything bandana' I come across a heap of sex, as a matter of fact; bandanas and sex seem to have very strong bonds.
Everyone his or her own taste, of course, but I prefer the more bandana-related posts here on

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Hanky Code

The Hanky Code is a traditional form of signaling to others what your sexual preferences and interests are. Gay men used this code to communicate with each other in the noisy and distracting environment of gay bars. Although not as widely used these days, it is still a worthwhile resource and is, among those who know, a great conversation starter.
Hankies are usually worn in either the back left or right pockets, however, they can also be worn around the wrist, or as an armband, around the ankle or leg at the thigh above the knee, or around the neck with the knot/tie going either right or left.  Other objects can also be used such as keys and key chains or watch fobs and even a set of handcuffs (Bondage), to let people know if you are 'top' or 'bottom'.  Left = Top/Active and Right = Bottom/Passive.  If worn in the back on the center belt loop, it translates as 'versatile'.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Geraldine Hoff Doyle

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the woman who became the poster girl for American working women during World War II, has died at age 86 in Lansing, Mich.

"We Can Do It!" the iconic poster proclaimed. "Rosie the Riveter" was a clarion call for women to aid the war effort by entering the workforce, while the men in their communities went to fight the war abroad.
Although the poster, designed by graphic artist J. Howard Miller, was only displayed for a couple of weeks in a single factory in the Midwest, it was rediscovered during the 1970s and 1980s and became popularized as a symbol of what working women can accomplish.
Dressed in overalls and sporting a bandanna, Rosie the Riveter was inspired by a photograph of Doyle taken while she worked at a factory as a metal presser in Inkster, Mich. Incidentally, Doyle ended up quitting that job shortly after the photo was taken because of its potential dangers.
Doyle only recognized herself as the inspiration for the poster after seeing it in a magazine in 1982. The face was hers, but the muscles weren't, her daughter, Stephanie Gregg, told the New York Times.

"She was a glamor girl," Gregg said. "The arched eyebrows, the beautiful lips, the shape of the face -- that's her."
Thanks, Peter

Monday, January 17, 2011

How to tie a Chef's Neckerchief

It's no wonder that the Navy has its own instructions for how to tie a neckerchief, because in this instance, it looks far more like a cravat. And unlike anything worn by chefs or scouts, it's a thin piece of fabric much more like a short necktie than the square of a handkerchief or bandana. The basic tying method involves first laying the neckerchief under the collar and adjusting so that the right end (A) is about two inches longer than the left (B).
  1. Cross A over B directly under the point of your shirt's V.
  2. Pull A up and over toward the left and cross over B, forming a loop.
  3. Then pull it up through the loop.
  4. Tie a square knot (if you don't remember what this is - it's basically just tying a shoelace knot one on top of the other), making sure that the top of the knot is even with the bottom of the shirt's V.
The ends must be the same length. Don't worry if it doesn't look right the first few times. This sort of tying takes some practice to get right.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Chef

These days, with the decline of cowboys and so many colours reserved for motorcycle gangs (and don't get near them wearing the wrong colour), neckerchiefs are not in great demand.

One group of wholesale users not letting go are the chefs (cooks, we called them in my days). And there is an enormous range of neckers available for chefs these days to stop sweat dripping into your food.