is up!

January 24th, 2015 — 8:36pm

You can now view all of the Animashup illustrations, including the new ones that were revealed at the Jan 16th art show at the website.



There were three new ones based on animals that were not chosen in the initial series, a special Star Wars edition and one featuring some of Denver’s well known landmarks.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

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Thank You For Your Support!

January 17th, 2015 — 10:01am

I wanted to sincerely thank everyone who attended the Animashup art show held Jan 16th at Bear Creek Distillery. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better turn out. I am so grateful to have so many great people in my life and to have met so many great new people.

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

This was my first solo art show and it really could not have been such a success without the community. The community helped contribute the ideas of the Animashup creatures and came out and really made the art opening a truly special experience for me. And thank you to everyone who helped share the event and spread the word over social media and from word of mouth. Every little bit helps!

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

I also must provide a huge thanks to the guys at Bear Creek Distillery for all of their help and for lending their beautiful space to the show. Dbo, Jeff and Jay all worked their butts off that night and contributed to a great night.

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

Photo by: Amanda Baker Photography |

I cannot thank my girlfriend, Crystal, enough. She helped out so much during the night hosting the merchandise table and handling sales. In addition, she had supported me throughout the entire preparing and planning for the event, which was not easy.

Keep Creating Everyone!

Animashup Art Exhibition Jan 16th at Bear Creek Distillery

December 20th, 2014 — 3:13pm

It’s official! My art show featuring the Animashup series will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at Bear Creek Distillery.

I’m so excited for this show! The response to this series has been overwhelming and I cannot thank everyone enough for helping contribute their ideas and imagination to come up with these mixed-up creatures. Now you can come and see all 30 of them, plus the limited edition pet-mashups and I will also reveal some brand new illustrations.


All of the original illustrations will be for sale and I have conducted a survey to choose which ones to make prints of, so there will be prints for sale of the top favorites chosen by you!
(Originals will be on display for 30 days after the opening and then pick-up can be scheduled. Cash & Credit Cards via Square will be accepted.)

In addition to the art show where my friends at Bear Creek Distillery have been kind enough to lend out their beautiful tasting room for the event, they will be providing amazing cocktails blended with their in-house distilled spirits of Vodkas and Rums, so I hope you’re thirsty. (Whiskey is aging). I highly recommend trying them!

Bear Creek Distillery
Friday, January 16, 2015
1879 S. Acoma Street
Denver, CO 80223
(Jewell and Acoma just west of Broadway) CLICK FOR MAP

Korg Nano Kontrol 2 MIDI for Serato Scratch

February 1st, 2014 — 11:27am

Alright, like many of us Serato users, you don’t just have $2,000 to drop on a new Rane Sixty Two mixer. Why do you want one anyways – you can read up on that below and many other areas on the internet. I want to get to the point of this post.

So, where does this Korg Nano Kontrol2 come in? Well, even Serato Scratch allows for MIDI assignments and customization. So, if you have a mixer that does not have any cue point , loop, SP6, FX controls, you can still use another device to manage those features remotely.

I had a Rane TTM56 and a Serato SL1 interface. Pretty barebones, but solid software DJ set-up. But I had limited control to the features like the SP6, cue points, loops, FX, etc. that DJ software like Serato Scratch offered. Of course I can use the computer keyboard, but who wants that? You can get Dicers too, which I did, but those are limited to cue points and loop rolls mostly and another cost. I wanted to control SP6 sampler, effects and even track loading remotely. This would mean I needed a MIDI device that had knobs, buttons, possibly faders and it needs to be compact and not break the bank. The answer… The Korg Nano Kontrol 2 – which retail for about $60.

The Korg Nano Kontrol2


It wasn’t the exact layout that I wanted, but hey, for $60 it will do. I was able to go into Serato Scratch’s MIDI set up and assign all the controls that I wanted to manage not the Kontrol2. I have management over:

  • View FX
  • View SP6 Sampler
  • FX: independent control for each of the 3 per deck – turn on/off, depth level w/ the knob
  • SP6 Sampler: independent control for each of the 6 per bank – turn on/off, volume level w/ the fader
  • SP6 Bank: paginate between A, B, C, D banks
  • SP6 output: Left, Middle, Right
  • loop rolls: including loop cut (w knob), loop, loop roll and stop (turn completely off)
  • track scrolling
  • track loading
  • *and a few controls to spare that were unused

Here is the layout and a skin I made for my controller to help convey the features easily:


If you would like to use it, here is the MIDI map I created.Download it and then install it into the MIDI folder of your Serato Library.

Download MIDI Map file here:

For Mac users:

  • Make sure to quit Serato first.
  • Download the zip file and unzip it (you should see an xml file now: artitsIQNanoKONTROL2.xml)
  • Go into the Serato Library on your system, likely in your user/music folder. Open it up and then drop this xml MIDI map file in the MIDI folder.
  • Plug in the Korg Nano Kontrol 2
  • Open Serato > go to Settings >MIDI > and load the MIDI map file “artitsIQNanoKONTROL2”

I’ve made the source skin file available. It’s an Adobe Illustrator File (ai) that I used for a skin and it has all the control mappings laid out. Feel free to download it and use it and/or use it as a reference to customize your own skin – it has the Korg Nano Kontrol2 outline template in it as well.

You can get custom skins from a variety of online manufacturers and they also have dies to cut the shapes out so it’s an exact fit. I don’t want to refer the source I used, since they didn’t do a great job on the color matching and were a bit difficult to deal with.

Download the Source file for the skin here:


Back to the Rane Sixty Two (and 57SL) info…

Why the Sixty Two?

The Sixty Two has a lot of integrated control for Serato Scratch and coming in February 2014, it will be supported by Serato DJ which will offer some more features such as new FX packs and other options. Serato DJ will only support devices that are USB 2.0+, which unfortunately means that the coveted Rane 57SL has had its day… as far as support.

The 57SL is still an amazing mixer with Serato integration built right in, but it will not be able to support any new technology coming from Rane/Serato like Serato DJ. But hey, many DJ’s will not need or utilize all of these new features anyways, so the 57SL is still a solid mixer.

SSD (Solid State Drive) vs. HD performance with Rane Serato

November 16th, 2013 — 11:03am

I just installed a SSD into a MacBook Pro 15″ (non-retina). Based on reviews and specs, SSD’s are significantly faster than traditional hard drives with platters inside. This applies for boot-up time, application start up times and saving/reading data.

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I wanted to compare an SSD to a traditional HD and run a performance comparison test. I’m going to preface this post with a note that this test is slightly skewed due to the fact that the two computers for this comparison are not exactly identical, nor are they running the same version of OS X. But I was trying to be resourceful with the equipment that I had and at least attempt to get a rough gauge of performance. Of course, I already expect slower performance with the older machine and traditional HD.


After installing the new SSD, the first thing I noticed was the quick speed of simply booting up the computer. It took under 10-15 seconds to boot the computer up. Then just another few seconds to login and get the user environment set up. My older computer was pretty fast booting up as well, but was more in the 45-60 second range and then another 30-90 seconds to set up the user environment after logging in. This depends on the amount of start-up items you may have running, but I am making the comparison off of a cloned hard drive with exactly the same content and user account data on them.

Now to the point…
How does Serato perform with the new SSD – primarily starting the app and loading tracks, iTunes Library, crates, etc.?

Well, to be honest, unfortunately it is not as significant as I expected it to be. My old machine took about 45-50 seconds to start up Serato Scratch Live from start to completion including loading my iTunes library. It was about the same for Serato DJ as well.

The other machine with the new SSD showed only about a 15-20 second improvement. And with that small of a difference, it is difficult to determine if that is due to the SSD, faster processor or some other minor differences in my testing environments.

The Good News – Serato development optimization is awesome!
This also somewhat indicates that the people at Serato have done an excellent job designing and developing their software to optimal performance outside of hardware variables like processor, RAM and hard drive speed. If the difference is that small between the two set-ups, then it shows that most of the work is done within the software and it handles it quite well – “applause!”

They do make traditional HD’s with 7200RPM rotation rate, which is another attribute that can help performance – for much less than the price of a new SSD.

Granted it is not amazingly faster than anticipated for my DJ needs, but still can be considered a valuable improvement for a performing DJ who has ran into a situation where they had to reboot or restart Serato before a performance – much worse scenario for “during a performance” and that calls for some other remedies. It doesn’t happen often, but I think almost all software DJ’s have experienced a scenario one time or another where they had to restart or reboot due to a glitch.

So, with the premium price of a SSD still, is it worth it to upgrade?
The 1TB SSD drive I purchased was around $600, whereas a traditional 1Tb HD is about 1/6 of that at about $100. That is quite a difference especially if you’re on a budget. For users looking to improved performance with Serato only, it might not be the right thing for you. But if you want overall performance improvements with your computer especially with boot-up time or other intensive apps like design, audio production, video production, etc., then I would recommend it.

In addition to performance, there is reliability and durability. Solid state drives do not have any moving parts, no platters or stylus. This makes it a lot less prone to failure. Most hard drive failures are related to the moving parts inside. So, if you’re traveling a lot and your lap top goes through quite a bit of abuse, a SSD might also be to your benefit. Now, I’m not saying they are fail proof, so always back up your data!

*There have been reports of some SSD’s losing their data due to abrupt power failures.

Below are the specs of the tested computers and the iTunes library.

Mac Book Pro 15″
OSX Snow Leopard 10.7.6
2.53 GHz Interl Core 2 Duo
8GB  1067 MHz RAM
750GB 5400 RPM HD

Mac Book Pro 15″
OSX Lion 10.8.5
2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
8GB 1600 MHz RAM

iTunes Song library 
items: 26,217 (includes some video)
size: 132 GB

Migrate from Mac OS X 10.7 Snow Leopard to 10.8 Lion

October 6th, 2013 — 2:00pm

I just had to migrate a machine running OS X Snow Leopard 10.7.x to a new machine running OS X Lion 10.8.x.

(don’t judge me with the delayed upgrade, I run a bunch of audio production apps which are really sensitive to OS upgrades and my other laptops have been running Lion)

I had read through several posts across the web discussing the best options for this, everything from people having issues & problems, manually transferring data, using Data Migration Assistant to using Setup Assistant and selectively transferring data and items.

I have used Migration Assistant plenty of times before from previous hard drive upgrades I have performed on my Macs where I had to bring over a lot of data and it has been very successful. I felt that this was probably the best route based on info across the web and previous experiences.

The one thing that you do need to do first is to run the update for your Snow Leopard Migration Assistant if you haven’t already (issued June 2011). You can get the update at the following linK:

  1. Then I updated a recent Time Machine backup of my old machine running Snow Leopard.
  2. Plug that external hard drive with the Time Machine back-up into the new machine running Lion.
  3. Open the Data Migration Assistant on the new machine.
  4. It should ask you if you want to transfer From or To a Mac. In my case it is ‘From.”

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  5. Then it will ask if you are migrating from a Mac or PC or from a Time Machine backup or other disk. In my case I had the Time Machine backup.

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  6. When you continue through the process, it should show you hard drives connected to your machine. Choose the drive with the Time Machine backup on it and proceed.

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  7. The Assistant will then display content types you can transfer over, like Applications, Users, Settings etc. I transferred it all over. It may take a moment to calculate the sizes of the content types, but that is just so you can be sure it will fit on the new hard drive or be aware of the size of the data.

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  8. Continue and let it run. I had about 720GB of data to transfer and during the transfer process, the estimated time fluctuated from 4 hours to 10 hours. I ran it over night. Make sure your machine is plugged in!


  9. Upon completion, you will be notified of content that is not compatible with Lion and that it did not get transferred over. This is most likely legacy applications that do not support Lion. I expected this and it was only a couple of items.


After you’re done, you will see a new user on your new Lion machine matching your old one. Log in using the old password you had and you’re good to go. Everything was carried over perfectly, including settings, preferences, usernames/passwords (if you had this setting on for relative apps).

When you open Mac Mail, it may run a database update that may take a few minutes. Some other apps that utilize content libraries/DB’s may need to run this as well, like iTunes, iPhoto, etc.

I had to re-enter the serial number for Logic, but not for any other apps yet.

Hopefully this helps!



BordoBello Art Show 2012 – My Art Piece: Octopush

October 2nd, 2012 — 10:27am

This will be my second year having a piece in the Annual BordoBello Art Show in Denver, CO. This year will mark BordoBello’s 5th year helping the arts community by raising funds that will go to AIGA Colorado’s mentorship opportunity. The event brings together talented artists and designers as they create works of art on skateboard decks that will be auctioned off at the event held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Denver’s Redline Gallery (Located near 23rd & Arapahoe). Some pieces will be selcted to be auctioned online as well.

This year they have offered up various styles of skateboard decks, from the modern popsicle stick style, the oldie cruiser sidewalk surfer style to the old school 90’s “fish-like” shape, which is the one I chose for this year’s piece since it offered a bit more real estate than the others and I still had no idea what I was going to do until the week it was due of course.

This time around, I wanted to deviate a bit from my other skateboard art pieces where I really used the deck as more of a traditional canvas and painted something on it as if it was. As I sketched my idea this year, I wanted to really make the overall deck as much as the art piece as what I was going to paint and to do that, it would require some manipulation of the deck.

My Process (if you care):

I threw an idea down on paper sketch with a rough template of the deck shape that I traced from a photo of the deck. For some reason, an Octopus came to mind, perhaps inspired by the shape of the deck or from watching Sharktopus vs. Crocosaurus on SyFy, who knows.

I then transferred the sketch onto the deck with a pencil referencing the paper sketch.

At this point, I knew I wanted to carve the deck a bit and I planned on taking a jigsaw and cutting the outer perimeter only, but as I started cutting, it went a bit smoother than anticipated, so I decided to cut the interior sections and knockout those pieces.

Now, I had what I thought was the hard part out of the way and could start painting. It was a bit of a challenge to decide on the pattern and color choice for my octopus as octopi come in such a variety of color schemes, plus some species can change their appearance as they desire. As I searched octopi, the Blue Ring Octopus kept coming up as a result. And their pattern is striking and beautiful. I chose to go with the Blue Ring pattern, but I wanted to stylize it a bit more from their traditional default tan body and blue ring colors, so I opted for a reddish base color to really make the blue rings pop and add a bit of variance to the piece.

The following photos show the painting process, which turned out to be more challenging than the cutting. It got pretty time consuming as I kept having to tweak some of the pattern and layering as I went along since I was kind of making up and stylizing some of the pattern and subject. I’m also a bit of a perfectionist, so that always adds a good 3 hours to anything.

Here is the final piece, hope you enjoy!

Octopush by Patrick Hansen 2012 BordoBello

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title: Octopush – Acrylic on Skateboard Deck – For BordoBello 2012
by: Patrick Hansen

(sorry about the glare, my bad photo)

Art Show info:

BordoBello Art Show
Saturday Oct 6, 2012
tickets $15 presale, $20 at door

at Redline Gallery
2350 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-4448


Make It Rain Skateboard deck to support CO Wildfire Relief

July 6th, 2012 — 9:48pm

The wildfires are devastating parts of Colorado, including forests, wildlife, but most importantly, communities and houses that people have called their home. This is an incident that even if it was nature created or man-created, it causes tragedy not only today, but for many years to come.

Many families have been displaced and had to evacuate their homes to escape the rampant fires. I can’t imagine losing a home to a fire. And unfortunately, some have lost their own lives, which can never be replaced.

To help support the relief efforts for the thousands of victims of these recent wildfires, I have partnered with BC Surf & Sport to help create a skateboard deck to help raise funds to help support those who have ben effected. The design consists of some Colorado home grown elements such as the old school Colorado Rockies Hockey team mountain, and a spin on the “C” from the Colorado state flag. In addition to the over all Colorado Flag inspired colors and design, I have added a CL415 ( I believe) the iconic aircarft used in aerial fire fighting, dropping rain.

All proceeds will go toward COlorado Wildfire Relief efforts, so go skate and support!

These decks will be available at Colorado BC Surf & Sport locations near the end of July, 2012.

Do designers need to know how to code?

January 19th, 2012 — 10:54am

Do designers need to know how to code?

(there are many fields of design and this post relates more towards interaction/UI/UX design)

This question seems to be getting a lot of exposure and traction in the pipes lately from blog posts, user groups, UX resources and I have already provided my 2 cents on some LinkedIn discussions regarding this. And I was surprised to see some of the responses, which I’m sure this blog post and my perspective will trigger some interesting comments as well.

It’s definitely an interesting question and can make you think quite a bit about an answer. Especially if you are a designer who has some coding experience, which I am. I’m not claiming to be great developer, but I have and still do get into development often, mostly on the front-end. With this experience, I think it has provided me some insights that I normally would not have if I were solely a designer and it has benefitted various other aspects of my design.

But in general, my answer to this question is “NO” …it is not a simple “No” however.

My Experiences

I will admit, that being able to get my feet wet with some development has helped me improve my design skills, but it has not been the driving factor behind my ability to design. I work alongside many talented designers who continuously achieve successful designs without any or very minimal development knowledge. This has not prohibited them from doing their job well. This has resonated throughout the design community for many years. I also work with a few designers who do have some development experience like Leonard Souza, Juan Sanchez and Jeremy Graston.

Understanding & Knowledge

I will add to this though, a designer should have a solid understanding of what they are designing for in order to create something that will be successful. So, understanding the frameworks, platforms, devices, and technologies involved, will help the designer create a solution that will actually work well for the problem and the level of comprehension requirements vary. This does not require the designer to learn how to code though.

Other Examples

Let’s take a look at an example in a different industry like architecture. An architect does not need to know how to build the building, home or bridge that they are designing. But they do need to understand some engineering principles, materials, fabrication processes and the labor that would be involved in building their designs in order to create a successful concept.

Looking at another field of design such as graphic design and illustration, where the end result is typically the design printed on a product such as a t-shirt, poster, or packaging. The designer in this scenario can still create a very successful design without knowing how to actually perform the printing methods, be it off-set, digital process, type-set, screen printing, etc. But it does help if the designer does know how to layer and prepare the design properly for possible separation requirements, scalability, and any other implementation needs.

In music, a songwriter or composer does not need to know how to play the instruments such as drums, guitar, violin, etc, in order to create a good song. However, understanding music theory, beat structure, rhythm, and other aspects of a solid musical framework that a musician would typically understand will likely ensure that the result is “good.”


And yes, there are literally “one-man-bands” out there who are skilled in multiple disciplines from songwriting to playing an instrument or multiple instruments. And they are fully capable of making great songs single handedly. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and if you have the skills, more power to you, but finding resources who are highly and efficiently skilled in multiple areas is far less common than someone who is specialized in one area. Also, an individual that does not have the skills in multiple areas or us NOT a one-man-band, can be just as successful writing a song and then having band/orchestra separate of themselves perform and record it.

Limitations & Restrictions

I will emphasize again, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a person being skilled in multiple disciplines in any industry, and in this case, I do not see any negatives about a designer knowing how to code, although some would argue that it may box the designer’s mind in too much by being aware of conventional boundaries in development.

I have been in this situation where sometimes I have tried to design according to the framework/platform possibilities that I was aware of. This can really restrict creativity and innovation. I always involve a developer with expertise knowledge of the framework/platform when a concept is in question, because there are some pretty talented developers out there who know how to make a lot of things happen no matter if it is out-of-the-box or not.


It WILL help improve upon some facets of the design process and this is based on my personal experience from my days prior to having development experience through today where I have gained more knowledge in that area. A designer could gain some of this knowledge without knowing how to code though, but with some simple research.

I still have design questions regarding development in many situations, and if I cannot answer them myself, I go directly to someone who can, a developer. There is almost always a resource available to help provide answers from that perspective and by having this point of communication into development, a designer has the tools to produce great design.

The Team

What we also see here, is that there are a lot of instances where a TEAM is involved in order to produce a successful final result, and having multiple resources who are specialists in certain areas does help create a solid result. We also see that there are times when an individual who is skilled in multiple areas can also produce a successful result and may likely do it in a more efficient manner pending on the process and pieces involved. There’s nothing wrong with either approach.


The one concept that does remain constant in either scenario is that the resource or resources involved, all should share an understanding and knowledge of the system in which they are working within in order to produce a successful result.

Other Roles for Designers Who Know How to Code

There are also some other roles where a designer who knows how to code may be able to satisfy other than the full fledge traditional developer role, especially with the growth of more programmatic styling and design such as HTML5/CSS3, FXG, mobile, and areas where more dynamic design is required like responsive design.

The ability to be able to implement the visual design of a UI using programmatic techniques is making the design to develop process crossover even further. A designer who may have some experience in these areas does not necessarily need to handle complex code or need a computer science background, but the designer can help develop the front-end and help ensure that the final product is more aligned with the original vision leaving the “complex” development for the primary developer(s). This is even true with more traditional styling approaches using bitmap and older technologies.

Prototyping has always been an appropriate place for a hybrid to work within and a crucial phase in UI/UX design, be it interactive or static. But interactive prototyping definitely extends possibilities and requires that additional knowledge and effort of development in most cases and it helps when a designer can also help produce a prototype, since schedules and budgets are almost always a factor.


So, even though my answer is NO to this question, I do encourage designers to explore some development. It may open a new door to you and personally, I find it quite fulfilling to be able to make your own or even another’s designs come to life.

If a designer was required to know how to develop, would that person be a developer?

Do developers need to know how to design?


New Painting for BordoBello 2011

September 29th, 2011 — 2:05pm

The BordoBello 2011 artshow is this Friday September 30 at Redline Gallery in Denver.

Here is a sneak peek at the deck that I painted for this year’s event.

Rabbits' Head

title: Rabbits’ Head
Acrylic on Skateboard Deck
Sept 2011
(click to zoom)

You can visit my previous blog post for more details: Bordo Bello 2011

BordoBello Artshow
Redline Gallery 2350 Araphoe Street
Denver, CO 80205
click here for map
$15/$20 day of

more info and to purchase tickets:

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