BDSM Color Codes

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A seemingly lost art in BDSM culture for Arizona includes a color-code system at play-parties or social functions. This system can be fun for participants, and is a great conversation starter. In the greater BDSM community this can also be called “Colors of Availability”. The act of using such a color code in a pubic setting is often referred to as “Flagging”.

This system was roughly-based off of systems common in Boston, MA in the early 2000s and the gay male community, memory, and a bit of research.

Note: This is an adaptation used for House Sanguine.

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BDSM Color CodesApplication

Options (how to use them):

  • Colored spikes on collar (using nail polish)
  • Locks on d-ring of collar (using nail polish)
  • Colored D-ring of collar (using nail polish or purchased)
  • Handkerchief in pocket
  • Handkerchief tied around neck
  • colored scarf tied around neck

Multiples (for indicating multiple interests):

  • “Halving” the design to include other colors or prints.
  • “Weaving” other scarfs or handkerchiefs together.

Resources:

http://www.sfheart.com/color.html
https://user.xmission.com/~trevin/hanky.html
http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

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5 Responses to BDSM Color Codes

  1. NightRogue says:

    I think we should make these one fetish/orientation. Like I’m not entirely sure why latex fetishism is in with rope bondage? How would one be able to tell the difference between a rope top and a latex fetishist in this context? (Besides the obvious one will have rope, one might be wearing latex)

    • XenitH says:

      You have a great point! Yes those are two separate distinct fetishes I decided to lump together under a general “bondage” type category which I can see how it could be confusing. However these are intended to be fun “signs” of sorts at real-world functions (play-parties, munches etc.) with the intention of encouraging dialog between people. Thus how ever they identify and why they choose their colors would be up to the description and clarity of the speakers/wearers. They are meant as conversation starters. I may change this at some-point but generally speaking I think it serves its purpose.

      • XenitH says:

        I thought about adding the color Black as an option, but I think we will all agree that one is too common and not likely to encourage much diolog if seen at a social function.

  2. scottaknight says:

    Black is typically used to indicate SM, either a Sadist or a masochist. When I see someone flagging this, especially as a bottom, I am extremely likely to approach them as I am always looking for partners to help feed My inner Sadist.

    • XenitH says:

      Yes, Black was a color we had seen and considered adding, but due to the high level of black commonly seen at kink-related gatherings we figured it would be sort of silly to add it. Nice to hear that you keep an eye out for this!

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