Meet the Maker: behind the scenes at a printer’s workshop in Nashville, Tennessee
In 139 years of uninterrupted operation, Hatch Show Print has become synonymous with Nashville’s entertainment histor y. Meet the person who’s keeping that tradition alive
THE CLANK OF A WELL- OILED letter press rings through Hatch Show Print as printmakers work to complete a batch of posters adver tising a Beatles tribute band. In spite of the shop’s location in the middle of Nashville’s rapidly expanding downtown, inside there’s an air of Music City’s past, when horses outnumbered cars and before neon lit up Broadway. A lthough Hatch began in 1879, its golden age coincided with the rise of Nashville’s best-known expor t: countr y music. As the sound of twanging guitars, ̭""*#1 ," ,(-1 .-30#" 2&0-3%& 0 "'-1 and dance halls across America, Hatch positioned itself as the number-one print shop for the industr y, offering show posters for some of the biggest names in enter tainment, including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. For more than a centur y, Hatch "#̭,#" *--) 2& 2 #! +# 17,-,7+-31 with countr y music: their posters characterised by bold colours, masterf ul car ving and balanced ty pe. In the 1980s, facing competition from computerised printing, the shop reinvented itself, adding commemorative ar t pieces to its reper toire. ‘One of the unique things about Hatch as a print shop is that we design ever y thing that we produce and we produce only what we design,’ says shop manager Celene Aubr y. ‘It’s been that way since day one.’ She r uns the store, helping with ever y thing from ordering supplies to managing staff. Then there’s the f un stuff: setting antique t y pe, mi xing ink and operating a letterpress to produce Hatch’s iconic posters.