August 2017

Welcome back one and all.

Every month, I like to give something away. Typically, it will be an item that has been out of circulation for a while, and more often than not, it is an item that was created, never used and archived. Sometimes I just like to create something unique for all of you, simply for the joy of it.

This month's poster coincides with Oregon Leather Pride 2017, which will begin later this week. It is, to the best of my research, the first and only true visual document of the Gay Leatherman's Hanky Code, a form of non-verbal communication that some historians believe dates back to the mid-1950's in San Francisco. It signified the wants and desires of those wearing them, called "flagging".

This has been one of the largest posters I have ever designed, as well as one of the most detailed in terms of completeness and research. The project started four months ago, in April, also marking one of the longest gestation periods of any one printed object I have ever worked on as well. I particularly wanted this piece to give to all of you this month, as 2017 marks ten years since I held a leather title. 

It is in two different formats: the traditional poster itself, which is a 2 foot by 3 foot piece, or in smaller, more easily managed tabloid-sized posters.

The sectional posters can be printed at your local copy shop for about $1.50 USD. Click on one of the image to open or download the PDF file. Share and enjoy. The large format poster may be able to be produced at many branded printing shops, such as Office Depot or Federal Express for a much more significant amount of money.

Love to you all. 

Ben Bear

Gay Leatherman's Hanky Code Large

Gay Leatherman's Hanky Code Panels