Hands down my favorite stop while in Nashville was Hatch Show Print. Operating out of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show gives you a glimpse into 134 years of printmaking history while you stand in one of the oldest running letter press studios in the US. Take some time to walk through the Haley Gallery where you can see unique re-strikes from the Hatch Show Collection. You'll see turn of the century Circus Posters, advertisements for Airstream Trailers, and promotional concert posters from the likes of BB King, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.
While cruising the gallery should you decide not to invest in a special edition, contemporary reprint, by master printer Jim Sheraden, don't worry, you can still stock up on smaller reproductions at the gift store. Also, get there in time to tour the studio, you'll get a live demo on how letterpress works, and if you hang around long enough you might even get treated to private steel guitar concert.
I had a college degree but was waiting tables, and that shop had degrees of success but was waiting for tomorrow. I never imagined we would be seen as a "destination" for graphic designers or that letter press would enjoy such a revival as it is today. All I wanted to do down there was print posters, put some meat on the bones of the shop's history, and maybe even write a book.
Manager, Curator, and Chief Designer of Hatch Show Print