Hands-On Experiences

Are you curious? Curious about this great old letterpress print and design shop called Hatch Show Print, and what has gone on here since 1879, or curious about what letterpress printing is and how this centuries-old process is still relevant in the twenty-first century?

To find out more, explore the ways in which you can get a little inky yourself, based on how much time you have and what sparks your interest.


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Come Out to Our Block Party!

Make your own prints, t-shirt, tote bag or tea towel using some of Nashville’s most-recognized imagery, created by Hatch Show Print. As one of the oldest poster and design shops in America, we’re still printing show posters for your favorite musicians, bands, and performers, one at a time, via letterpress printing.

During the Block Party, adults work with a selection of the iconic hand carved image blocks, and become familiar with the inky process of block printing. Your instructor will cover the basics of laying out images, with consideration given to creating layers and using color. You will learn the best way to sling the ink and roll out it out with brayers, making each piece by hand, yourself. [Don’t worry, we’re there to help.] The final reveal is usually a WOW moment!

No experience necessary. All materials provided, but you may bring your own t-shirt. This program is for adults, 18 years old and over.

Check our calendar to find out about the activities, events and programs we’ve scheduled during your visit.

woman rolling ink on a design


The Hatch Show Print tour is a sensory and educational experience on moveable type, letterpress printing and Nashville’s story as Music City.

Take the tour of Hatch Show Print and learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run. See the century-and-a-half’s worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Smell the ink. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster in our print shop-within-a-print shop Universal Music Group Space for Design.

Tours take place daily between 10 am and 4 pm, and last approximately one hour.

We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Woman who is on a tour making her own print

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