Adam the Alien

Apr. 23, 2010 at 11:14am

Frost Park Chalk-Off: Season 3, Episode 4

Sponsored by deliciousness (courtesy of Jeff's ice cream)

It's time once again to chalk it up at Frost Park, today starting at noon and ending at one. Well, in theory. As veterans well know, the actual end time can sometimes be a bit...blurry.

Nevertheless, the time is upon us! And this week, we are sponsored by pure, undiluted DELICIOUSNESS!


the ONLY human-powered pedal ice cream truck in Puget Sound Region ! Come this Friday and buy ice cream. 

All items start at $1 and $2 each... including special delectables from local WASHINGTON dairies! 

noon - 1 pm

free chalk art community event

Frost Park between 9th and Commerce

Made in Washington ice cream bar menu: Coconut, Pina Colada, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Bubblegum, Watermelon

Voting begins at 1pm in the comments below!


VOTING ENDS AT MIDNIGHT! Votes later than 11:59 will not be counted.

For photos as they're uploaded, and photos from previous weeks, check out the Frost Park flickr pool:

And now, for your entertainment, videos from past weeks. Last week's video is not yet uploaded, but hopefully should be uploaded today along with this week's video.

Season 3, Episode 0.1

Season 3, Episode 0.2

Season 3, Episode 1

Season 3, Episode 2

Season 3, Episode 3

comments [52]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 4/23/2010 @ 11:44am
Awesome videos.

I am going to get some "Go Local " ice cream today at Frost Park!

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 1:40pm
poster art...

From Posterous Photos

by KevinFreitas on 4/23/2010 @ 1:56pm
Here are pics of today's entries:

by Joel

by RR Anderson

by Thorax

by John

by Stowe

by Mark Monlux

by itsbooyer

by unknown #1

by Seabury Middle School Students

by unknown #2

by Ariel

by Shannon

by Adam the Alien

by Andrea

More over at

by iHam on 4/23/2010 @ 3:05pm
the Gnome Office gets my vote...though there were many worthy candidates...

by Altered Chords on 4/23/2010 @ 3:11pm
I loved Jabba by Andrea and loved the Pac Man by Thorax but...

I vote for Stowe's Gnome office.

Great to see all of the people there today. Must have been the ice cream.

by ALT on 4/23/2010 @ 3:17pm
Trying to squeeze Jaba's expansive girth into the camera's viewfinder is a very difficult thing to do, so I broke him down.

Alternate ending for last week's poll results: Jaba the Alien and Gatsby thing have won the coveted prize of Princess Leia.

Stowe thought Jaba was himself :D (I should have gotten a closeup of the fedora he's clutching).

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 3:28pm
love the gnome as Jaba's monkey lizard thing

by ALT on 4/23/2010 @ 3:30pm
There were some insanely good entries this week (big surprise...sarcasm). I love the hell out of Stowe's Gnome Office, and the water dripping down the stairs is damn clever. Great likenesses in Adam's Tokens tribute.

Hmmm. I'm going to have to think on this. I love Stowe's entry, but I also love ice cream.

Cheesecake ice cream. Sweet.

by izenmania on 4/23/2010 @ 3:34pm
RxR, I believe the name you are looking for is "Salacious Crumb".

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 3:43pm
i knew the name I just didn't want to look like a dork.

by izenmania on 4/23/2010 @ 3:45pm
Looking like a dork is what I do.

by Derkowski on 4/23/2010 @ 3:54pm
The dork in me is fighting over Pac-Man, Star Wars, and LOTR... i have to vote for the hobbit hole.

by MarkMonlux on 4/23/2010 @ 4:09pm
This week I'm going to...

Vote for Stowe

by Leischen on 4/23/2010 @ 4:14pm
Incredible work today everyone! Stellar drawings all the way around.
But on whimsy value alone I have to vote Thorax.

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 4:28pm
FIE! I'm not voting till I upload my photos.

by Adam the Alien on 4/23/2010 @ 5:24pm
LAST week's video is finally up:

It's also embedded in the above blog, now.

Working on this week's video, now, should have it up later tonight.

by Erik Hanberg on 4/23/2010 @ 6:07pm
Drove by just 10 minutes ago and the gnome office jumped out at me. It looked so good! I vote for Stowe's gnome office.

by Erik Hanberg on 4/23/2010 @ 6:13pm
Also, I'm going to get all spur of the moment here, but I'd like to offer a prize for the 4/30/10 Chalk Off (next week).

Prize: Dinner for 2 at City Club's May 5th Dinner. The program for the night is a panel on the arts in Tacoma. Panelists are artists Matt and Laura Eklund, Elise Richman from UPS, and David Fischer of the Broadway Center.

I would be honored to have the 4/30 winning chalk artist as my guest.

by AngelaJossy on 4/23/2010 @ 6:16pm
I really love Andrea's Jaba and Stowe's Gnome office. Its head to head for me. Hmmm. Must think this over for a while.

I saw you guys out there today and I so wanted to stop and hug everyone because its makes me so happy to see you guys out there again! Especially since I live so close by this year! But today I was late for a meeting so I had to keep walking. I'm hoping to come next week though and maybe bring some talent with me. We'll see! :)

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 6:33pm
RR's True Grit spirit capture portraits of Tacoma's own underground letterpress artists according to latest City Arts Magazine!

RR's True Grit Beautiful Angle Spirit Capture Portrait

Remote Control Robot Shark? @frostpark

Mark Monlux Crushing

Stowe's Tacoma Gnome House Trompe-l'œil

Seabury Kids

TO'T Pac Man

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 6:37pm
Stowe's trompe d'oeil

Andrea's lovely Anime Slave Girl Leia



by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 6:38pm'%C5%93il

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/23/2010 @ 6:54pm
Do you know what the best thing about being a Seabury Kid is? The middle school is located in the Knights of Pythias building.

by demgal88 on 4/23/2010 @ 7:07pm
I like the Gnome Office and Jabba is slitheringly awesome. I love Waygoose and imagine that they will have a big crowd but Ariel's seahorse is quite striking so she gets my vote.

by Sarah on 4/23/2010 @ 7:13pm
I really love Thorax's Pac Man, but for my husband, I vote for Andrea's Jaba. Too cool for school.

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 7:22pm
I vote for stowe's masterful execution of a gnome house using the structure of the garden bed. I vote for the (twist) doorbell, the round stonework of the door... stowe is the Thomas Kinkade of chalk

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 7:24pm
cool Prize offer, thanks Erik Hanberf!

by ALT on 4/23/2010 @ 7:42pm
I vote for Ice Cream Man VS Land Shark (and Orca)
But really, that's a great photo RxR.

I cast my VOTE for Stowe's hobbit hole of an office. Witty, well executed, and just apropos.

by Adam the Alien on 4/23/2010 @ 8:21pm
I honestly haven't been able to decide who to vote for...I shall contemplate over dinner. Hopefully, I'll have my vote ready by midnight. Video's somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths done at the moment.

by crockawaddy on 4/23/2010 @ 8:44pm
Wow! Quite a crowd of artists and observers today - and a good variety of chalking.

I love Andrea's Star Wars homage, but have to give my vote to Stowe's Gnome office.

by livin4hymn on 4/23/2010 @ 8:47pm
First time voting, though I've known about this for a while from Adam the Alien.

And even though I like Adam's entries every week, I think my VOTE this time goes to Stowe's Gnome Office.

by debivans on 4/23/2010 @ 9:21pm
Jabba or Gnome? I can't decide. Both show mad chalk skills. Sci-fi vs fantasy. Let me get out my 20 sided die. (roll) 18 for the Hut (roll) and a 15 for the Office. So close-My VOTE goes to Andrea's Jabba!

by NineInchNachos on 4/23/2010 @ 9:24pm
never thought of using a 20 sided die... what a great idea.

if anyone needs a superior dice application for their iPhone I suggest my coworker's creation called pip

by Erik on 4/23/2010 @ 9:45pm
Prize: Dinner for 2 at City Club's May 5th Dinner. The program for the night is a panel on the arts in Tacoma. Panelists are artists Matt and Laura Eklund, Elise Richman from UPS, and David Fischer of the Broadway Center.

Very cool Erik!

I vote for the Gnome office. Great use of the park...

by pietogo on 4/23/2010 @ 9:49pm
I TOTALLY am voting for RxR's rendition of the Beautiful Angle guys :)
Nice work RR!

by KevinFreitas on 4/23/2010 @ 10:03pm
Fantastic work by all! Love Thorax's Pac Man but am happy he didn't extend the pellets further into the dangerous street. The Seabury kids had some great ideas like the water dripped down the waterless falls and the skyward facing face on the various steps of the fountain. I agree with Stowe about the Mario-esque charm of RR's BA likenesses. Mark's shameless self-promotion knows no bounds and Andrea's creation was as fierce as ever. Stowe's gnome shack was a stunning use of space and charm but this week my vote goes for Ariel's technique-rich (liquid chalk and masking) seahorse.

Cheers and thanks for the offer of next week's prize Mr. Hanberg!

by itsbooyer on 4/23/2010 @ 11:01pm
It's tough to vote when there are always a couple outstanding entries. Andrea's work is awesome and intense. Stowe's work always POPS.

I vote for Stowe's Park Gnome Office.

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/23/2010 @ 11:23pm
I really like the Pac Man.

But this week I'ma go with voting for Andrea's Jabba. My inner Star Wars geek demands it.

by NEAL on 4/23/2010 @ 11:26pm
I vote for Stowe.

by Dianne on 4/23/2010 @ 11:42pm
I vote for Jon's sky kraken.

by shannnancy on 4/23/2010 @ 11:55pm

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/23/2010 @ 11:58pm
I vote for the Seabury Middle School Students collective.
I particularly like the first one in Kevin's sequence of pictures done by the students.

by Adam the Alien on 4/24/2010 @ 12:00am
After stewing on it a while, as much as I love ALL of this week's pieces, and as close as some of them come, I'm going to have to agree with my dear Shannancy and VOTE for Ariel's Seahorse.

by Adam the Alien on 4/24/2010 @ 12:01am vote registered as Midnight on Feedtacoma's clock, but 11:59 on my own. :( My own clock switched just after I posted. Close enough?

by KevinFreitas on 4/24/2010 @ 10:29am
Alright, a late tally (including your 12am sharp one!) lines things up as follows:

Stowe -- 12
Ariel -- 4
Andrea -- 2
Jon, RR, Seabury, and Thorax -- 1

Congrats on your ice cream win Stowe and to everyone for a great chalk off yesterday!

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/24/2010 @ 10:52am
Yes, you can has ice cream.

Om nom nom nom.

by ALT on 4/24/2010 @ 1:33pm
I love it when cats do the gopher pose.

Congrats Stowe! Thank you Jeff for this week's sponsorship, and thanks to Erik H. for sponsoring next week's Chalk Off!

by tommyllew on 4/24/2010 @ 4:54pm
I'm gonna have to go with RR........

by DavidKoch on 4/24/2010 @ 9:05pm
gnome office omg

by Adam the Alien on 4/24/2010 @ 11:56pm
Congratulations, Stowe! 'Twas an awesome piece.

And a bit later than planned, I now present to you all the VIDEO for this lovely episode! Complete with motorized aquatic animals!

by KevinFreitas on 4/25/2010 @ 10:06am
Great video, thanks for sharing Adam! I really think you've come a long way as I'm not normally one to tune in to an 8 min. vid online. Well done!

by Dave_L on 4/25/2010 @ 4:30pm
"....The middle school is located in the Knights of Pythias building."

Trust me, the kids DO NOT know the secret signs or handshake, so don't even think about trying.

Great turnout. Great photos. I miss being there.


My name is Adam J. Manley, better known in some circles as Adam the Alien. I make pretty things for your eyes. To see, not to wear. I don’t make glasses. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I did, though? Then I wouldn’t have to pay insane prices for a new pair. And they’d be magic. That’s right, MAGIC. Impressed? Yeah, I thought so.




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