Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 21, 2009 at 12:28am

Art Lives in Tacoma: Frost Park Chalking Art Contest Today at Noon

Today is the weekly chalk off competition at Frost Park located at 9th and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma at noon.

From our charismatic leader RR Anderson:

Our Uniquely American Way of Life:

 You must try to prolong the mild apprehension you feel as you wait to discover what lies behind. Don't necessarily picture some abysmal darkness, some gulf or fiery furnace. Nothing like that. The important thing is to feel how the world is always liable to slippage, to disappearance, to an absence of certainty. And that you should feel this mild apprehension in front of any landscape. 

Roger-Pol Droit


Friday, August 21 

12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

1 hour. free chalk. community art challenge. win prize(s)!

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see photos:

*when you vote for your favorite chalk art don't frigging forget to use the word "VOTE" in your comment!

Voting For A Winner

Please vote for your favorite chalk art entry in the comment section below. 
 Explaining why you voted for a particular entry may add more meaning.

Should you wish to offer general encouragement to an artists, feel free to simply mention their name below or give them other compliments.  However, if you wish to vote for a particular chalk off artist (chalkie), above all other entries, then use the word "vote" in your comment in reference to the artist or their entry.

Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Votes will be accepted until midnight on Friday after which the winner will be declared.  Votes will be accepted starting at 1:00 p.m.

For more information see:

Become a Fan of Frost Park on Facebook

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scoreboard

Adam the Alien explains how to vote at a Frost Park Chalk Off

comments [58]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 8/21/2009 @ 12:35am
Very cool. The chalkie victor can eat and take three of his or her friends to breakfast!

by Adam the Alien on 8/21/2009 @ 12:53am
PSP again? Damn it! Now I've got to figure out something better than Grandmother Turtle...and I don't know if there IS anything better! :-D

by Erik on 8/21/2009 @ 9:56am
I was raining a bit earlier this morning but now there is no rain and the pavement is drying off.

by KevinFreitas on 8/21/2009 @ 10:09am
Should be a really great day for chalking! Work/life is super busy today but I'll try and swing by even if just to snap photos. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Happy Friday!

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/21/2009 @ 10:18am
Hee hee hee.....

by ElectricElliot on 8/21/2009 @ 10:28am
Sigh, don't think I can make it again. That'll be a month with no Frost Park for me. Lame.

And I just bought some new chalk too...

by KevinFreitas on 8/21/2009 @ 1:39pm
Anxiously awaiting pics of this week's entries. Anyone? Bueller?

by Mark Monlux on 8/21/2009 @ 1:57pm

"Balloon" by Joel

"Craftsman Granddad" by RR Anderson

Adam the Alien pays tribute to the other participants.

"Thunderbird" by Ariel

"Sol Invictus" by Thorax O'Toole

"Robots with Axes" by Mark Monlux

Heather and Erik
Chalk Groupies Heather and Erik

I think I got shots of all of the work today. My apologies if I missed anyone.

by Erik on 8/21/2009 @ 1:57pm
Great to see everyone there.

Anxiously awaiting pics of this week's entries. Anyone? Bueller?

Hopefully, RR has some shots.

by izenmania on 8/21/2009 @ 2:00pm
I vote Thorax

by daydreamer on 8/21/2009 @ 2:03pm
I vote Thorax as well!

by Mandiferous on 8/21/2009 @ 2:07pm
I vote for Monlux.

by Erik on 8/21/2009 @ 2:09pm
Great entries.

BTW, RR Anderson made a action figure for Heather he gave to her today at Frost Park:


Thanks Ryan!

Everyone needs their own inspirational action figure.

Order yours today at:


by KevinFreitas on 8/21/2009 @ 2:28pm
Sorry to have missed out today but thanks for posting those pics Mark! Seemed like a more simplistic, illustrative day for everyone but I was most struck by the robots with axes. I vote Mark Monlux even though he may have doctored that pic being that he was the photographer and likely didn't want shots of anyone else's to look good.

@RR: Great action figure of Heather!

@Heather: Welcome back to the PNW! Sorry to have missed you but hope you and Erik have a great time while your're here!

by Angela Jossy on 8/21/2009 @ 2:29pm
I vote Monlux.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/21/2009 @ 2:42pm
For those wondering:

SOL INVICTUS = "Unconquered Sun".
...an ancient Roman deity and a title used by Roman Emperors after the 3rd century.

Also, I vote for me!

by Altered Chords on 8/21/2009 @ 3:41pm
I would vote for the Heather action figure if it were a chalk drawing. I like thorax's use of latin but.

(following the new/old rules of voting)

I frigging vote for Arilel and her "Thunderbird"

(in order for a vote to count we need to use the words frigging and vote right?)

by HeatherRebel2 on 8/21/2009 @ 4:40pm
Good to see the Frost Park gang out in force today.

My unconquerable soul votes for Sol Invictus!

by ronbo on 8/21/2009 @ 5:04pm
Those were great.
I VOTE "Sol Invictus" by Thorax O'Toole. It really struck me on a gloomy day like today.

by kathy on 8/21/2009 @ 5:42pm
Sol Invictus gets my vote.
Nice work Thorax O'Toole!

by Zanna on 8/21/2009 @ 6:16pm
I vote for Thorax - Actually my whole office votes for Thorax (sorry Thor that it dosen't offically count but I showed it to everyone here in the cubes)

by demgal88 on 8/21/2009 @ 7:11pm
I vote for Ariel's Thunderbird.

by Mark Monlux on 8/21/2009 @ 7:24pm
My very real wife and I vote for robots with Axes. Because, well, they're robots. And they have axes!

by Erik on 8/21/2009 @ 7:38pm
I vote for Monlux

by jenyum on 8/21/2009 @ 7:43pm
I VOTE for Monlux, because, robots. with axes. And the eyes, the eyes are just perfect.

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2009 @ 8:26pm
Joel's Hot Air Balloons

Wouldn't you like to ride in joel's beautiful chalk balloons?

1940's Chalk Craftsman Metal Lathe

Vintage Shop Tools courtesy of my Grandpa RIP!

T'OT - Sun King

Thorax doing more beatles inspired art... here comes the sun!

Ariel's Thunder Bird

Ariel brings the thunder bird.

Adam the Alien

I have no idea what Adam is drawing but it is strange and wonderful.

Mark Monlux Explains it All

as always Mark engages his spectators with delightful conversation... a strategy to gain votes no doubt.

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2009 @ 8:40pm
although I appreciate the skill behind the robots with axes illustration, I believe it is 'too soon' to be 'making light' of this subject matter. Robots with Axes is a very serious and very real concern.

Even so, I vote for Thorax. The expression the sun is making on his/her face is pregnant with emotion. Astonishing as I had grown complacent with Thorax's renderings of 'return of stickman'; I had no idea he was capable of more elaborate conveyance of facial features. Keen sir, very keen.

by ElectricElliot on 8/21/2009 @ 8:48pm
I've never voted before when not seeing pieces in person, but I gotta go with Monlux on this one. Most impressive.

I vote Mark.

by Joel 413 on 8/21/2009 @ 9:18pm
The past few weeks have been great, while the number of participants is slightly less, the quality of work is definitely better. I hadn't intended on drawing anything this week, but the spirit moved me when I arrived. I just can't participate when I am there because the sense of community is amazing.

It's so hard to decide... RR's attention to detail makes the lathe jump of the wall, Adam once again pays tribute to his fellow chalkies. And Ariel amazes with the scope and beauty of her thunderbird.

Which leaves me with Mark and Thorax O'Tool... Both stunning. Both deserving. But Thorax O'Tool 's looks like a tapestry on a wall. and the robot army is coming to get me... that's just too scary.

I vote Thorax O'Tool.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/21/2009 @ 9:45pm
Both I and my burgeoning ego thank you all for the nice compliments.

by Arilafka/Nairad on 8/21/2009 @ 10:12pm
I vote for
Mark Monlux!!
I totally love the robots!!!!

by LogJam on 8/21/2009 @ 10:31pm
A hard decision. Many good works. I vote for Thorax.

by crockawaddy on 8/21/2009 @ 10:33pm
Monlux has my vote because robots are so cool...
Check out Flight of the Conchords: Robot Song (HBO)

by johnsrunningbehind on 8/21/2009 @ 10:54pm
Me, too...I vote the Monlux ticket.

I wanna robot or two. So cool.

by swampthing on 8/21/2009 @ 11:14pm
VOTE Monlux, who can not like Dr. Who!!!! Robots with Axes!
Too cool!

by tacosaladtuesday on 8/21/2009 @ 11:16pm
I vote Thorax.

by traciekb on 8/21/2009 @ 11:23pm
My vote is for Thorax this week. Wow! That is a lot of time and symmetry around the edges.

by puglizzy on 8/21/2009 @ 11:26pm
I vote for the supercool Monlux chalky. Wayward robots!

by Wings_of_Change on 8/21/2009 @ 11:45pm
I'll vote for my Thunderbird!

by bluegodjanus on 8/21/2009 @ 11:49pm
I also vote for Ariel's thunderbird. It came out rather nice.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 8/21/2009 @ 11:54pm
I VOTE for "Craftsman Granddad" by RR Anderson
Love , Love Vintage Tools.

by Adam the Alien on 8/22/2009 @ 12:06am
Damn it! I was going to vote for Mark, but I forgot until I was at a party. >.< Got home just in time to miss the midnight deadline. :-(

by Joel 413 on 8/22/2009 @ 12:06am
Vote Count (28)
Monlux: 12
Thorax: 11
Ariel: 4
RR: 1

Also rans: Joel and Adam the Alien

Monlux and Thorax move on to the general election in November....

Oh wait, this isn't a primary: MONLUX WINS!

by Joel 413 on 8/22/2009 @ 12:07am
AtA is too late, but his vote would have put it away for the Grand Pooba. It was neck and neck there at the end too.

by Erik on 8/22/2009 @ 12:08am
Congrats Mark.

Also, nice counting there Joel, a mere 6 minutes after midnight.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/22/2009 @ 12:09am
according to my 12 am tally, we have:

TO'T: 10
Mark: 10
Ariel: 4
RR: 1

What am I missing?

by Adam the Alien on 8/22/2009 @ 3:35am
Okay, I'm insanely exhausted and in-between sleep and more sleep (read: I woke up and I feel funny so I'm not going directly back to sleep), so take my count as you will, but I came up with:

Thorax: 12
Mark: 13 (counting the vote by his very real wife)
Ariel: 4
RR: 1

This is also not counting my late vote, so no worries there. The very real wife voting through Mark is legal only if she has a registered account - if I recall, we have a fairly well-established precedent of allowing people occupying the same space to vote from the same account when people are too lazy to log in and out of accounts just to vote. Provided all voters are registered. And stuff. With flamingos and pink cucumbers. Side note: penguins. Also: squirrels. Okay, I'm going to try to shake the queasy feeling and go back to sleep. Someone else can do a fourth check of our numbers, as thus far none of the counts have come out the same. Two or all of us fail at the maths. :-D

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/22/2009 @ 9:44am
I thought it was one vote per avatar/person... I'm confused.

by Erik on 8/22/2009 @ 10:45am
Another voting controversy?

by Joel 413 on 8/22/2009 @ 7:14pm
Ok, I went back and recounted, writing names instead of tally marks.

Voting for THORAX: (12)

Voting for MONLUX: (12)

Voting for ARIEL:

Voting for RR:

So, I was initially wrong. It's a TIE. Yes a TIE. not a Tagro Tie, but a TIE none the less.

by Joel 413 on 8/22/2009 @ 7:17pm
The only thing can surmise is that I initially counted Adam's vote, then noticed its lateness after I posted the count.

So is this like a golf skin where the prize carries over to the next week?

Do we have established tie rules?

by Mark Monlux on 8/22/2009 @ 8:23pm
Wow! Would you look at all those votes. Is that a record?

by Adam the Alien on 8/22/2009 @ 10:30pm
I thought it was one vote per avatar/person... I'm confused.
Unless I recall incorrectly: we have, at least on several occasions in the past (though not necessarily every occasion), accepted votes from people who were not logged in, provided the person relaying their vote was an established and obvious advocate (i.e. family) of the voter. The determining factor has always been that the person who was voting-by-proxy did, in fact, have their own account (this is not always made clear, thus causing confusion, discombobulation, disorientation and kumquats). We have never "officially" legitimized nor barred this. So it's in a foggy, mushy, ill-defined area of our "rules" (if, in fact, rules can truly be ascribed to a community event without any technical leadership to define said rules :-D ).

Do we have established tie rules?
Typically, it gets sorted out between the tied chalkies without any outside intervention necessary. I would recommend that they split the prize and have a nice breakfast together at PSP.

by Mark Monlux on 8/23/2009 @ 1:41pm
Adam has spoken.
I shall obey.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/24/2009 @ 9:43am
I'll go with what Judge Solomon, err I mean Adam the Alien says.
I will happily accept a tie, and share the title & prize with the talented Mark Monlux.

by The Jinxmedic on 8/24/2009 @ 3:31pm
I vote "Robots with Axes". There is no other choice!

However, I rather liked "Sol Invictus"....

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/24/2009 @ 4:04pm
Ay soldier, you're too late to the battle.

All that's left to do is to bury the dead.