Hamburger Grease, Worms and Wine

Phil Hansen is an inspiration for creative endeavors. One of the things I like the most about Phil Hansens story is the component of adversity.  In High School Phil liked pointillism so much that he ended up developing nerve damage which created a shake in his hand.  The shake resulted in a different type of line quality, he could no longer make small clean dots, nor draw small straight strokes such as what might be used in cross hatching. In art school he when he figured out that he could no longer make small dots he walked away from art for three years.   A neurologist encouraged him to embrace the shake and use it in his art. From there Phil got back into art and created a variety of interesting and creative pieces. Some of the non-traditional media he has worked in are hamburger grease, melting wine and live earth worms.

All of us will have or have had adversity in our lives. It is one of the few things we can count on. Adversity is not a bad thing contrary to what many might think. Having to work through various struggles that come up in life helps us to build character but more importantly helps us to realize that we are not alone in our struggles. Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Enjoy this Tedtalk that profiles Phil and shows some of his art. You can view more of his art at

Here are some other resources about Phil.

  1. “Phil Hansen”. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  2. “Phil Hansen – Biography”. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. Sims, Tony. “Interview With Phil Hansen – Author and Banana Tattoo Artist”. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. Hansen, Phil. “Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake”. TED. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. Hansen, Phil. “Phil Hansen Art”. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. “People of the Web – Strokes of Genius”. Yahoo! News. July 13, 2007.[dead link]
  7. Hansen, Phil. “Influence”. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. “Grammy art work”. Retrieved 2008-12-02.

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