Calumet is a former mining town founded in 1904, near the portal of the Calumet Coal Mine complex in Colorado’s Huerfano County. While the real Calumet has been a ghost town for decades, a fictionalized version of the Colorado town was depicted in the 1984 war film, Red Dawn. Calumet is the movie’s central setting, and is presented not as a tiny ghost town, but as a vibrant community with a substantial population. Red Dawn was actually shot in the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, which was the stand-in for the fictionalized Calumet. The iconic ‘Calumet Says Howdy’ mural was painted as part of the movie’s set dressing in 1984 and is still there today. As a matter of fact, the mural has been restored a coupled of times and looks as good as ever. For those who are interested, the name Calumet refers to a type of ceremonial pipe used by Native Americans, most commonly referred to as a ‘peace pipe’ by colonists and settlers.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
- 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
- Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
- 30 single
- Tear-away label
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Retail fit
- Runs true to size
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.