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Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN

224 Rep. John Lewis Way S Nashville, TN 37203
The following tours visit Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN:
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5/16/2024 - 12/31/2024
On this historical tour, visit the home of legendary Hatch Show Prints, a distinctive part of Americana for more than 135 years!
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Located in the heart of the vibrant Music City, in Nashville, Tennessee, Hatch Show Print is an iconic destination renowned for its long-standing tradition of letterpress printing. As one of the oldest operational letterpress printing presses in the USA, this legendary establishment is known for its vibrant, finely detailed posters that capture the true essence and dynamism of the American entertainment industry. Hatch Show Print is not just a building, but a living history machine that breathes creativity, radiating a unique charm, attracting artists, designers, music lovers, and history buffs from across the globe.

Founded in 1879 by Charles and Herbert Hatch, Hatch Show Print has been an integral part of Nashville's rich cultural scene for over a century. Steeped in history, every inch of this over 130-year old letterpress intellectual storefront resonates with stories, songs, and images that have shaped American pop culture. With over 10,000 original wood blocks used in the process, this 5,800-square-foot space is a nostalgic hub of age-old printing techniques and painstaking detailing.

Visiting Hatch Show Print is akin to taking a step back in time. It carries the intriguing, 'olde worlde' charm of a bygone era, coupled with the sights and sounds of vintage printing equipment. One of the major highlights of this point of interest is the Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. This art gallery showcases re-strikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as contemporary interpretations of Hatch Show Print’s classic aesthetics by national and local artists. Another major draw is the Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom environment that engages, educates, and celebrates traditional printing and printmaking techniques.

A trip to Hatch Show Print is not complete without a tour of the actual print shop where you can witness history in the making. Here, visitors get a chance to see how the classic posters that color the Nashville music scene are brought to life, from setting type, to inking, to the final print. Having served clients like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and the Grand Ole Opry, this place buzzes with an infectious energy of creativity and purpose.

In conclusion, Hatch Show Print is much more than just a letterpress print shop. It stands as an enduring beacon of Nashville's creative heritage, a must-see for every visitor. Whether you're an art aficionado, a history enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler - the heady combination of music, history, and print promises an immersive, unique experience that you won't easily forget.

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