Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 12, 2009 at 12:30am

Chalk Artists Compete Today for Ultra Rare Helm Poster

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

THE PRIZE FOR THE CHALKIE VICTOR : An Ultra Rare Print From The Helm.

(See this week's prize post.)

RR ANDERSON's inspirational message to Tacoma's Artists and artistic spectators:

The Imminence Silence in Which I am Lost...
"Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhuman spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, possess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally, as a man desires a beautiful CHALK OCTOPUS."

~ Edward Abbey, Dessert Solitaire 1968


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

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

THIS WEEK'S WINNER'S CHALK THEME: Public Displays of Affection (PDA)

Corporate Sponsorship

this weeks episode is made possible by the TRAGIC COMEDY of CONTEMPORARY ART IN TACOMA or THE HAUNTING MEMORY OF THE HELM GALLERY as our own TACOMA URBANIST will present a rare (the last) TACOMA DOME POSTER by SEAN ALEXANDER to the winner of this week's chalk challenge NO. 11.  I have one of these hanging above my infant child's crib... these posters are truly a delight for minds young and old.

The Helm Print.  (Frame not included)

check in with feedtacoma.com for LIVE, FULL COVERAGE! 


last weeks BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE winner: RR Anderson!
Prize: A power-lunch with Chris Van Vechten, Melon Mug & Melon T-shirt
Sponsor: Friends of Chris Van Vechten

see photos:


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R.R. Anderson,
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++ Cartoonist + Inventor + humorist for hire ++

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.

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:

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scorecard in Season I

comments [58]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 1:58am
From the Archives:


by izenmania on 6/12/2009 @ 8:35am
Today's chalk-off also features musical entertainment by one or greater Izenmen!

by jamesstoweart on 6/12/2009 @ 8:51am
Man, I am going to miss today. I'll be at work... working... on secret work things.

But I urge everyone to go to the Buddy Holly show tonight. CLAW will be there in all their befezzed chalk prize winnin' glory.

I'll miss you guys and your chalk fumes today.

by Joel 413 on 6/12/2009 @ 9:04am
Hrm.. I wonder if it involves cake...

by izenmania on 6/12/2009 @ 9:11am

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 9:33am

by Dave_L on 6/12/2009 @ 9:38am
It will be great having music there again, Iz. That drum semi-circle and all the participants last week made it feel like the outdoor festival that it is.

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 9:43am
That drum semi-circle and all the participants last week made it feel like the outdoor festival that it is.

Yeah. It was great to see Pete out there too. In addition to his considerable musical talents, Pete helps keep things in order in this section of downtown. His barber shop is right across from Frost Park on Pacific.

Here's the PI coverage of Pete a couple of years ago:

Benjamin "Pete" Lira moved his barber shop to Pacific Avenue two years ago and patrols the neighborhood several times a day. "I own this street," says Lira. When mischief-makers ask, "Who are you?" he replies, "I'm the one who's going to make you go away."


by jamesstoweart on 6/12/2009 @ 10:16am
If only it were erotic mystery cake. I would totally draw an erotic mystery cake.

by izenmania on 6/12/2009 @ 10:20am
Erotic Mystery Cake would probably be frowned upon as a Frost Park theme, wouldn't it...

by Joel 413 on 6/12/2009 @ 11:39am
Alas a work issue required my physical presence in Seattle, so I won't make it today as I am still here in Seattle.

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 11:44am

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/12/2009 @ 11:49am
Would that be like a D-Cupcake?

by Dave_L on 6/12/2009 @ 11:58am
Joel, while in Seattle you could pick up said erotic mystery cake from that place on N. 45th. That I've heard about.

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 1:33pm
special thanks to the Izenman men for their haunted guitar playing.

by KevinFreitas on 6/12/2009 @ 1:38pm
Here are my pics of today's spectrum of entries:

by RR Anderson

by unknown 1

by Colin

by Electric Elliot

by Jen

by Emma

by Lark

by Thorax O'Tool

by Andrea

by John

by AM

by Dawn

by Adam the Alien

More over at KFnet

by mktacoma on 6/12/2009 @ 1:47pm
My first time chalking! Yay! Picture didn't make the picture cut above, but I didn't really enter to win as much as impress the girlfriend's mom tomorrow (does that count as a public display of affection?) when we walk by it.

by dawntown on 6/12/2009 @ 1:59pm
What did you draw?

by mktacoma on 6/12/2009 @ 2:04pm
The "M B take a walk" it's in the "more pictures" off Kevin's link below the main pictures. It's us taking a walk with some flowers and balloons holding hands.

I tried to include a link or the picture itself, but I'm failing at comment-editing here, so will just have to point back to Kevin's "more" link.

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 2:11pm
Today, RR Anderson collected his prizes from last week's sponsor Chris Van Vechten


by daydreamer on 6/12/2009 @ 2:20pm
I vote for Thorax's whale!

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 2:29pm
was really impressed by Adam's 'alex toth' spaceghost villain/clown character. Also by the audacity of Dawn to draw on the flag pole which I never would have imagined would be a useful chalk surface.

John's microorganism corner was nice too.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/12/2009 @ 2:47pm
"The Audacity of Dawn", sounds like the beginnings of a good book.

by Twisty on 6/12/2009 @ 2:51pm
What an awesome display of creativity this week! It's even tougher than usual to decide on which to vote for. But, after careful deliberation and due diligence, I've decided to cast my vote for...

Adam the Alien's straw-sucking clown.

Thanks for the art, folks.

by Altered Chords on 6/12/2009 @ 2:53pm
I think andreas fish could beat up thorax's whale. But I'm on a peace kick now and almost voted for Thorax's whale...unitl I saw Dawn's candle. Wow. Creative surface and concept.

I vote for Dawn's candle.

Due to the fragmented nature of my psyche, I would like to cast 3 votes for the candle.

That's OK right?

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 3:08pm
Electric Elliot's snake tongued drawing is just wrong.

It looks like wrestling geoducks

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 3:12pm
Adam does have a stong spooky chalk submission this week. Yet, Dawn has innovated well. Hmm.

by KevinFreitas on 6/12/2009 @ 3:14pm
@mk -- crap! I did mean to post your work as it was in the photo set on my site that I linked to. Well here, everyone, is mk's work on the wall from today:

by mktacoma

by Mandiferous on 6/12/2009 @ 3:16pm
I vote for Dawn.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/12/2009 @ 3:40pm
A vote for the Whale... a whale of a tale!

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 4:39pm
RR's Tribute to City of Seattle

RR rebels with a tribute to the mighty city of Seattle.

Maximilian says: Vote Van Vechten!

Maximilian would not stop politicking even though he was asked by the TPD to please remove his political sign from city property. His defiance was resolute.

Man with the Purple Gloves

The Man with the Purple rubber gloves. Essential to eccentric personality building.

microorganisms in chalk

A young scientist shares the wonders of microbiology

College Kids Draw in Chalk

Young people enjoying their urban folk art creations

Chris Van Vechten, Arts Commissioner

Pierce County arts commissioner admires the art and artists

Izenman Men on Banjos

Team izenmania busts out a rendition of dueling banjos on their hand crafted banjos.

Andrea's Illuminant Dinosaur

I admire the glowing dinosaur. Andrea: master of light

Adam The Alien, Chalk Master

adam says: "i'm so fng tired i don't know what i'm fng drawing"

by dawntown on 6/12/2009 @ 4:40pm
In my memoir, "The Audacity of Dawn", Chapter 34 begins on a sunny Friday at Frost Park .In this park, arrived a visitor. Sending a ray of sunshine to warm this little spot in the universe for only a brief moment, the bountiful spirit of Tacoma...

OK that got boring.

I vote for Electric Elliot. Nice toon

by izenmania on 6/12/2009 @ 4:53pm
Team izenmania busts out a rendition of dueling banjos on their hand crafted banjos.

Unfortunately we did not photo-reference when handcrafting our handcrafted banjos and they came out looking like a guitar and an octave mandolin.

by jamesstoweart on 6/12/2009 @ 5:44pm
I am totally voting for Dawn and her flag pole candle. Awesome use of surface. Who would have thought that would hold chalk. That is the most innovative thing I've seen at Frost Park all session. Great job!

by jacksonscott on 6/12/2009 @ 5:50pm
Thorax's blue whale gets my tie-breaking vote. (we were deadlocked, weren't we?)

by MarkMonlux on 6/12/2009 @ 5:53pm
I just love the Whale! Sorry I could not attend, I was still in the air at noon. Looking forward to going to the Buddy Holly Story tonight with the other talons of the CLAW!

I vote for the whale. It's pure awesomeness goody.

by TacomaGnome on 6/12/2009 @ 6:20pm
Ah, yes, good day. I believe it is day 24 of no rain. I certainly enjoy walks, so my vote is for mktacoma. Well done first time.

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 7:12pm
Yes. Dawn's candle was innovative. And it worked well. The pictures of it turned out great.

Check it out:

I vote for Dawn's candle.

by Libby on 6/12/2009 @ 7:13pm
Dawn also get's my vote... wish I could have seen it in person!

by Joel 413 on 6/12/2009 @ 7:23pm
I see he-man, but where's She-ra?

Alas, without the She-Ra, I'll have to vote for something else and I think that something else is going to be the candle.


by L.S.Erhardt on 6/12/2009 @ 7:37pm
I dunno... I like using alternate surfaces, but I'm just not "feeli'n it" with the candle.

by Wings_of_Change on 6/12/2009 @ 7:44pm
Well it looks as though Jon and I weren't the only ones to miss today. But I am so sad that we did!!! Such amazing pieces.....
I am especially drawn to the whale, the candle (Dude!!), Emma's frog, and Johns piece.

Hmmmm.... this will require some thought......

by 72feetabovesealevel on 6/12/2009 @ 10:17pm
I'm liking the Taco Truck.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 6/12/2009 @ 10:22pm
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Dawn or RR Anderson?

I'm voting for Dawn. Way to think outside the box.

by Erik Hanberg on 6/12/2009 @ 10:33pm
I'd like to vote for the whale. great colors.

by Erik on 6/12/2009 @ 10:47pm
Geesh. Down to the wire for the chalk winner. The most voting this year. The stakes are high this episode.

I am anticipating a zombie voting army which has not arrived yet although there is still 1 hours and 9 minutes left to vote.

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2009 @ 11:20pm
just got back from buddy holly at TLC with my fellow CLAW brothers. We wore our fez and got our picture taken with Buddy Holly. Pictures will be forthcoming.

EVENSO, it is a hard decision. I really like the candle and that's exactly the piece I would have voted for had it not been for the whale being so damn happy a rainbow has erupted from his head... perhaps traveling at sufficient velocity to break the moisture barrier.


by ElectricElliot on 6/12/2009 @ 11:36pm
I'm a big fan of RxR's and Thorax's, but I have to vote for innovation.

I vote for Dawn.

by deeble interactive on 6/12/2009 @ 11:40pm
1 vote for the Taco Truck.

by Joel 413 on 6/12/2009 @ 11:46pm
The Taco Truck was last week! RRs entry this week is the4 Space Needle.

by Wings_of_Change on 6/12/2009 @ 11:47pm
I'm gonna vote John. I'm a science geek, and I love the way he used the corner.

by Dianne on 6/12/2009 @ 11:56pm
It is hard to choose between Dawn and John. I love Dawn's candle. I like something that hasn't been done before. But biology art. I have to go with that. (There is a little element of I wish I had thought of an awesome idea like that too). My vote is for John.

by Dave_L on 6/12/2009 @ 11:57pm
Although the Dawn of Audaciousness was way, way cool (as were some of the others like the microbes-thingies), as a moderate fan of the Space Needle who has amassed a tiny collection of old Space Needle souvenirs, I have to vote for RR and his surprising entry. Especially because he used an earlier Space Needle, before the proportions were ruined by the addition of the lower-level restaurant and back when the top still rotated.

by Joel 413 on 6/13/2009 @ 12:10am
Votes cast (19) Not a record, we had 21 a week or 2 ago

Dawn: 8
Thorax: 6
John: 2
RR: 1 (plus a vote and a shout out to the Taco Truck. Uh, a litttle late there)
Adam: 1
Elliot: 1

Everyone concur? Congrats DAWN!

by Erik on 6/13/2009 @ 12:17am
Congrats Dawn. You rule!

Trivia: Dawn won the 'Save The Helm" episode last year. What a coincidence.

BTW, I see Dawn's selection of luxury cars has (slightly) changed over the last year:



Such is the life of a Frost Park Chalk Artist.

by Dave_L on 6/13/2009 @ 12:49am
Congratulations, Dawn! I'll raise a glass to you shortly!

(Correction to my above-comment, I didn't realize the Needle's retaurant seating does in fact still rotate.)

by dawntown on 6/16/2009 @ 3:42am
I stole that car.

Mums the word.

Really, I have a weakness for fine driving machinery and probably spend a bit too much on it. If I had the garage space and the tools (and the extra income), I would be bringing back to life something English or Italian, or just one mean-ass suped-up muscle rod. It would have an engine that would rattle your fillings when she purrs. Ah, such is the life!

by dawntown on 6/16/2009 @ 3:54am
I'd like to give my extra poster to someone who truly deserves it this time around and that is Mr O'Tool. That was some brilliant chalking; a true representation Frost Park Fridays. Thank YOu!

I'd like to receive the signed one, but I have the poster I won last year that I've kept framed. If I can make it out this Friday, Ill pass it on to ya!