We all know what the aubergine means. But in case that was a bit too subtle, gay dating app Grindr has dropped a whole range of new custom emojis.
The kinky cartoons – which Grindr has patented as "Gaymoji" are pretty self-explanatory and there’s no shortage of new ones to, ahem, experiment with.
How about a pierced aubergine? (Or eggplant if you’re reading this in the US.)
There’s also handcuffs, unicorns and a rooster to help illustrate your text game.
The new symbols also include several different variations on same-sex families.
As expected, there have been quite a few reactions to the new pictures on social media.
However you choose to use the new pictures – and we’re not here to judge – it’s fair to say that an emoji of a ball-gagged and blindfolded man will probably get your point across.
“Almost 20 percent of all Grindr messages” already use emoji, creative director Landis Smithers told the New York Times .
“There’s this shift going on culturally and we need to follow the users where they’re taking us,” he said.
Grindr’s gaymoji: pierced aubergines, a peach on a plate – and a banned ‘t’
The gay dating app has introduced its own, quite graphic, graphics to help their users communicate. But one symbol went a little too close to the bone
Gaymoji … is that like gay emoji? Got it in one! Now that the world communicates mostly using little cartoon symbolsthe gay dating app Grindr has introduced its own symbols – or “gaymoji” – to represent gay life.
I see. So it’s mostly about equal rights and coming out to your parents? Nah, it’s mostly about sex.
I thought emoji already did that? There’s that long, curved aubergine emoji, isn’t there? And that pert, dimpled peach? Too vague for Grindr, I’m afraid. Gaymoji offers aubergines and peaches in various different skin tones, an aubergine being measured by a ruler, a pierced aubergine, a peach on a dinner plate …
OK. I think I get the message. Incredibly graphic yet strangely coy. Plus there’s a whole new range of symbols, often subtly encoded.
Such as? A massive cockerel, two large medicine balls, a nose sniffing from a bottle marked “Poppers”, a monkey being spanked, a man blindfolded and silenced with a ball-gag …
Ye-es. I wonder if gay culture has lost some subtlety over the years. It’s feels a long time since the days of speaking Polari and hanging a bandana in your pocket. Oh, there’s still some subtlety left, as Grindr discovered. The original gaymoji included a large yellow capital T, which had to be removed a day after launch.
What’s wrong with a T? I’m pretty sure there are several in Scrabble. It’s slang for Tina, which is slang for Christina, which is slang for crystal meth.
OK. Like ecstasy has at times been called E or X? Exactly. Except crystal meth and gay sex are a controversial mixture. It’s the drug most often used for so-called “chemsex” or “party and play”, during which men meet up for long, drug-fuelled orgies.
Sounds fun, if that’s your thing. I expect it is fun, but it is also dangerous. T is not good for you, and people who take it often make bad choices, and seem more likely to catch HIV.
So why did such a respectable app as Grindr encourage it? They say they didn’t mean to. They said in a statement that the T “was intended to follow the D and resemble the acronym ‘DT’, also known as ‘down to’ followed by whatever it is that the user is down to ‘do’.”
Don’t say: “We’re on Grindr. I kind of guessed that.”
Grindr’s new naughty emojis are sending the internet into a frenzy
Grindr’s New Naughty Emojis Are Sending the Internet Into a Frenzy
You heard right. Grindr, the infamous hookup app for gay men, has launched their own line of raunchy emojis.
The images are as surprising as they are insanely creative. Between the "dick on the brain" and "ass on a plate" emojis, I can’t decide which one is my favorite.
The icons are hilariously filthy, and we shouldn’t have expected anything less from Grindr.
The Grindr emojis are simultaneously the best and worst things to ever happen.
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Grindr’s new emoji keyboard includes a capital T, which is slang for meth. That’bear-magazine.com nonjudgmental, I guess? bear-magazine.com
Grindr has a capital T emoji on their app now? Y’all sissies need Jesus. bear-magazine.com
You’ll have to check out the rest of the emojis for yourself with the app update. I can’t wait to see which one someone will use on me first.