The Mineshaft opened as a private club on October 8th, 1976. It was located at 835 Washington Street, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Many gay bars, also leather and fetish, were in this area of New York, called the Meatpacking District. The Mineshaft was attended by numerous celebrities like the filmmakers Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Querelle), Rock Hudson (Giant), and the artists Tom of Finland and Keith Haring. During weekends, only a few people came before 2 am; the bar became full around 5 am. During the week, however, people arrived early and went home early too. The men who frequented the Mineshaft were hyper-masculine in the body, in their type of sex, and in the dress code. Usually, the customers wore leather, cowboy clothing, motorcycle wear, workers' gear, or uniforms like those of the police. Transgender people were not allowed. Quickly, it became the ‘temple’ of non-traditional sex. The customers could do what they wanted without fear of being judged. Robert Mapplethorpe took many pictures of the Mineshaft and was at one point its official photographer. Jack Fritscher, who was his lover, had introduced him to it.
This heavy cotton tee has the classic cotton look and feel. Casual elegance will make it an instant favorite in everyone's wardrobe.
.: Classic fit
.: 100% Cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Light fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Tear away label
.: Runs true to size