If you associate Nashville with country music, you’re only hearing the chorus of a multi-versed song. Yes, music is a draw, but if a steady diet doesn’t enthrall you for more than a day, can Nashville entice you to stay longer? It sure can, if you include these stops on your itinerary.
In this age of cheap ink-jet printers, some people have lost appreciation for the intricate work that old-fashioned letterpress printing entails. But that’s not true of Hatch Show Print in downtown Nashville. Using techniques from the 1500s that meld designing and printing into a creative art form, this shop produces posters for stars, businesses, and individuals.
Inside, you’ll see an entire wall covered – all the way up to the ceiling – with posters for stars like Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline, as well as contemporary clients, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Wynonna Judd, and Coldplay.
More than 25,000 visitors come to Hatch annually to observe traditional letterpress printing techniques using 10,000 old style wooden typeface blocks and 14 historic printing presses.
Walk into the workshop housed in an old Victorian building and you might have a new craving, as I did. I’m not a star, but I can dress like one, for a price. I’m coveting a pair of jeans created by Manuel Cuevas – jeans that fit perfectly, embellished with crystals and intricate embroidery and expressing my personality in a way no other clothing item can.
That’s exactly what this famous tailor has done for stars such as Kenny Chesney, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Kid Rock. Ever wonder how Johnny Cash became the Man in Black? Or why Elvis began wearing gold jumpsuits? Or who came up with Dwight Yoakam’s skinny-leg look? The answers lie in Manuel’s expertise at creating image. His custom-made outfits are the result not only of superb craftsmanship at the sewing machine but also of getting to know his clients sufficiently to express their personalities in a visual way.
Manuel’s embroidery and design skills earned him the nickname of Rhinestone Rembrandt, and his artistic pieces are worthy of display in museums like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Smithsonian, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.