Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 29, 2008 at 12:02am

Chalk Off Frost Park Today, Prizes For Winner, Losers

Banner by Lance Kagey

Today is Frost Park Friday at Noon in downtown Tacoma at 9th and Pacific Avenue.   Everyone is invited. 

Note: RR Anderson is offering a prize to the winner!

Episode XXI: Week 21

My Lord.  Twenty Chalk Off Episodes have transpired and the civic chalking fever is still alive. 

Here's RR Anderson's weekly message to the masses:

Measureless abyss of all vices and indecencies?

"But let us not go into these acts of fornication and scandal. There are some things I cannot respectably mention," Cicero says. But then he adds, addressing Antony, "For this reason, you have much greater freedom, since you won't hear from a decent enemy the kinds of things you've allowed to be done to yourself."...

Friday, 12 Noon - 1PM
Larry Frost Memorial Park
9th & Commerce








Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsor and Prize for the Least Votes:

Three containers of chalk; Chris from The Red Hot

Chalk Challenge No. 21  is made possible through THE RED HOT'S charitable donation of a plethora of UNIQUE CHALKING SUPPLIES to be AWARDED to the chalk artist who can INSPIRE THE FEWEST VOTES!  

effectively making the recipient of these prizes the first ever BEST ILLUSTRATOR of the ANTI-UNIVERSE (of Tacoma).

Sponsor and Prize for the Most Votes

Photo from RR Anderson

However, the artist with the MOST VOTES, the BEST ILLUSTRATOR of the UNIVERSE (of Tacoma) will win a special handcrafted, thank-you card of mystery autographed by political cartoonist RR Anderson.  


See Also : Prize Post for Episode XXI

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

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* * * N00B SPOILE R ALERT * * *

  1. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

  2. RR Anderson (Sponsored by Erik Bjornson Attorney at Law: Military Divorce Specialist)

  3. Life of Elle  (sponsored by Puget Sound Pizza)

  4. James Stowe (sponsored by EMBELLISH SALON)
  5. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by THE RED HOT) 

  6. James Stowe (sponsored by BRICK & MORTAR EXECUTIVE CONDO SUITES )
  7. RR Anderson (sponsored by CORINA BAKERY + BISTRO)
  8. Mr. Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angel (sponsored by Hilltop Glass Artists, John Hathaway)
  9. James Stowe (sponsored by URBAN XCHANGE HIPSTER APPAREL )
  10. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by Jim McIntire's campaign for state treasurer )

  11. Dawn & Ariel (sponsored by buzzards cd's + Stadium Video )
  12. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by India Mahal)
  13. Life of Ellle (The Lost Chalk Episode)
  14. PAID Chalk Ringers Chelsey and Kelly (sponsored by Tacoma Art Place)

  15. Dawn (sponsored by The Helm Gallery)
  16. J. "The Prince of Chalk" Stowe (sponsored by Herban Cafe)
  17. Mark Monlux (sponsored by Armstrong Roofing)
  18. Team Dawn + Jessica Corey Butler (sponsored by Winthrop Hotel + One Store)
  19. Mr. Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angel (sponsored by the weekly volcano)
  20. RR Anderson (sponsored by Tacoma Urbanist, UrbanXchange & Daniel Blue)
  21.                 your name here                ??

 Honorable Mention

  1. Dave L
  2. Laura Hanan
  3. Jeremy aka "The Garfield Kid"
  4. Adam the Alien
  5. Electric Elliot  
  6. Teddy M Haggarty

Rules for Chalk Art Contest:

We are making them up as we go.  However, the contest starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:00 p.m.  There are other rules in the official chalk off rulebook.

Feel free to post any pictures of the chalk art work below in this post or link to pictures or picture sets including close up shots that may make your favored piece look better or your opponents look worse.

Voting For Chalk Art Submissions (Revised)

Please vote for the chalk art entry you believe is the best in the comment section below.  Explaining why you believe the piece is the best will add considerable context and meaning to your vote.

No doubt you will have friends and acquaintances who are in the contest.  Do your best to be as objective as you can in your analysis of the chalk submissions which will strengthen the participatory voting system in place.

Frost Park Challengers are encouraged to vote as well for an additional perspective to the event.

Each person 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.

Please use the word "vote" for easy reference to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

Frost Park Chalk Off Scoreboard (Synopsis of Episodes I - XIX)

comments [79]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 12:45am
I was able to observe two people successfully complete this week's Frost Park Chalk Off puzzle. Not easy as completing the puzzle this week requires one to flawlessly complete the digital "2" in reverse.

The first was Morgan Alexander from Tacoma Streetcar:


The second was chalk off competitor Heidi who is an artist who currently has her work displayed at Maxwells:

Here's was Heidi's entry in episode XVI:


Heidi works at Maxwells on Friday nights where an increasing number of chalk off participants and fans congregate.

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 8:24am
Re RR's pic: I can't believe he wore the whole shirt ...

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 9:04am
it clung to my manliness like a shrinky dink

by dawntown on 8/29/2008 @ 9:12am
I think your barn door was open too

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 9:14am
that's just the way we ride at HFW honey child

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 9:22am
dawntown: at least his pants were on in this one.

by Adam the Alien on 8/29/2008 @ 10:36am
However, the artist with the MOST VOTES, the BEST ILLUSTRATOR of the UNIVERSE (of Tacoma) will win a special handcrafted, thank-you card of mystery autographed by political cartoonist RR Anderson.

I just wanted to draw emphasis to this, since I missed it in my first read-through. It's an important bit to note, since otherwise this prize-for-last-place thing becomes very confusing to draw for, let alone to vote for. A thank-you card of mystery from RR is just as tempting as a metric fuckton of chalk...if not more tempting. Hm...yeah, I'm gonna go with more tempting.

Plus there's the whole Stowe trading card thing as usual, I'm assuming.

I may or may not chalk today...I haven't really had time to just chat and film in a while, so I may just do that. I'll bring both chalk and camera and decide when I get there.

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 11:00am
Right on Adam.

Winning today, with the most votes entitles one to:

1) Become a member of the Frost Park "Winners Circle."

2) Advances one to the "Best Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma" for the Summer of 2008.

3) An original "hand crafted" signed piece of RR Anderson art in the form of a "thank you card."

4) Permanent status in the Art list serve former winner announcement.

5) Placement in the Frost Park Chalk Off Scoreboard:


and whatever other media benefits out there.

by Mark Monlux on 8/29/2008 @ 11:34am
Sorry I won't be able to make it this week. Deadlines loom. And I will be in Kentucky next week. I hope you all won't miss me too bad. I promise to check back in and vote.

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 11:59am
Ok. See everyone down there:

I will start posting pictures at 12:20 here:


by KevinFreitas on 8/29/2008 @ 1:13pm
I stole Stowe as we're up at PAX today though he left his pony and glitter piece earlier for you vote avoiding enjoyment. Pics of him in action between nerd breaks.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 1:25pm
under deadline so my wide-angle uploads will be later tonight... sorry!

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 1:27pm
The Chickadee Team entry contains a poem by Little Chickadee. Since you may not be able to read it, it says (without parental prompting): "Roses are read, violets are blue, sugar is sweet ... and chalk is too!"

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 1:28pm
First preliminary post:

Dawn's wheels. The benefits of being a Frost Park Chalk Artist:

Ahhhhh. The life of an artist.


by izenmania on 8/29/2008 @ 1:45pm
With Lance and Monlux both out today, Stowe was the only one to Draw The Cowboy. Perhaps that theme will be executed properly next week?

by dawntown on 8/29/2008 @ 1:50pm
I actually won that car in a Chalk-off my booky orchestrated in Timbuktu ; I totally sharked 'em

BTW, my theme was "underdog", seeing that the prize was meant for the underdog. Oh, and the prize giver also gives hotdogs, get it?

I missed the part that the theme was "Draw the Cowboy" or turtle or whatever.

by izenmania on 8/29/2008 @ 2:00pm
Well it wasn't an official theme... just some discussion that came out of last week. Without previous consultation, Lance drew the turtle and Mark drew the pirate. So some notions were tossed around by them, Stowe and Andrea about drawing the cowboy.

That's what you get for vacationing! Out of the loop!

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 2:46pm
Not a bad turnout considering the large group at PAX today -- and the folks out of town for an extended labor day pre-school-starts weekend. :)

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 2:55pm
Ok. So to clarify:

Prize entrant with most votes: hand crafted original card/art from RR Anderson.

Prize entrant with the least entries: three containers of chalk supplies.

Let the voting begin:

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 3:00pm
Stowe: My little pony with sparkles

Electric Elliot: Chalk tetris

Unknown artist No. 1:

Ariel: Fish in river

Three chickadees

Adam : Adam the Alien

Dawn : Underdog

RR Anderson : Sarah Palin Vice president?


by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 3:20pm
if RR wins, I will give him TAGRO products ... Seems fitting. And I wouldn't want to see him have to write himself a thank you note ... though that could prove entertaining. I am guessing it would contain the lyrics to a certain Weezer song ...

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 3:26pm
RR Anderson's Sarah Palin entry is picking up a ton of traffic on my flickr account.

It is obviously of a great interest to some people.

Here is a direct link to any lurkers out there:

Full size:


by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 3:33pm
See above for the poem by Little Chickadee on the flower pic by the Three chickadees. :)

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 3:41pm
my pics!

RR's Sidewalk Sarah Palin

RR's Sidewalk Sarah Palin

RR's Sidewalk Sarah Palin

Unknon Artist: Street Abstract

Electric Elliot's Urban Street Tetris

Dawn's Underdog (awesome)

Alicia's Urban Street Flower

Ariels Gold Fish

Adam the Alien's New Hat

Oh Children

Stowe's Illigal Use of Glitter

by ALT on 8/29/2008 @ 3:42pm
Had work from 9:00 to 2:00 today. By the end of the day I had forgotten it was Friday!

Hmmm - I'm currently undecided as to which entry my vote will go to. I'll have to think on it a bit.....

by Dave_L on 8/29/2008 @ 3:43pm
By the way, we had tons of water to wash the sidewalk this week, but I’m sorry I didn’t finish the job on the walls. I was only able to stop by very late during the week, and the fountains were dry both times, and it was too late at night to fetch water. Not that the response has been overwhelming during the week for assistance, but I was hoping to get to them. Looks like it didn’t impede the chalking, though. As I exit-poll myself, I have to say RR's looks super, but I have to take some time to look at the others before actually placing a vote.
The gentleman who had the pressure washer for sale was going to try to come to the chalk-off; I hope he did. He's a photographer with the State Legislature, and used to work at the Camera Shop on Pacific. More proof that you meet the nicest, most interesting people through Frost Park.

by Adam the Alien on 8/29/2008 @ 3:55pm
I stole Stowe as we're up at PAX today

Hmph. *is jealous*


by izenmania on 8/29/2008 @ 3:57pm
Fear not, Dave... there were few enough chalkers that the wall-space wasn't needed.

by Dianne on 8/29/2008 @ 4:03pm
I vote for Ariel

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 4:07pm
Stowe used glitter, which is strictly forbidden. Though dazzling, I'm afraid Stowe is now restricted to the penalty box! What does that mean? I don't know yet!

by Adam the Alien on 8/29/2008 @ 4:08pm
Fear not, Dave... there were few enough chalkers that the wall-space wasn't needed.

What was left on the wall would have been easily drawn over, too. I got there late, or I probably would've done another of my "draw-something-over-the-remains-of-the-old-thing (and include a scrub brush)" bits.

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 4:09pm
Ooh! THe first vote! For a moment there I thought everyone thought the Red Hot's prize might have been for the last person to VOTE. But nay ... still need to think about it though. Thanks for going first Dianne!

by Altered Chords on 8/29/2008 @ 4:15pm
I vote for Ariel. The fish were very captivating and from one angle they looked like faces. (you don't pick that up from the photo shown here so don't assume I had mushrooms for lunch).

Very close 2nd was RR's Sarah Palin - the timeliness of it astounded me until I remembered that he is from Alaska and can probably draw all 27 of Alaska's residents on demand.

by KevinFreitas on 8/29/2008 @ 4:24pm
Here's a little of Stowe with the glitter in action:


by Dave_L on 8/29/2008 @ 4:29pm
Hmmm, besides the premature chalkulation, that was a blatant violation of Rule # 7. I gotta give Stowe credit for having the nads to do it, though.
Cowboy need some spurs that go jingle jangle jingle.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 4:31pm
the black + white cowboy effect is awesome.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 4:31pm
how dare you stowe. how dare you violate the glitter rule!!

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 4:35pm
Let's count how many rules someone can break in one chalk-off! This could be a fun new side competition! Hee hee ...

So, Stowe has checked off at least two ...
1) Use of glitter.
2) Pre-chalking so he can go play at PAX. He better see the Dead Gentlemen's "Dorkness Rising" while he's up there ... gotta support the local boys.
Anything else?

Wait, the rules are just for entertainment. Dangnabit. I want rules to break!

by Adam the Alien on 8/29/2008 @ 4:39pm
Gee, didn't RR violate the "loose Tacoma theme" rule? :-D

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 4:40pm
Stowe: Was this your way of trying to get the fewest votes? Prechalking, rule-breaking ... damn, you're always thinking outside the box. I might vote for you to spite you! ;)

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 4:42pm
@AdamTheAlien I say no. Since RR is an ex-Alaskan now in Tacoma, and he ties the cartoon to himself, it's a definite "loose Tacoma theme." Just like your self-portrait.

Ooh ... maybe we three chickadees broke the "loose Tacoma theme" rule. Other than it contains a poem written by a natural born Tacoman. Damn. Thought I broke a rule for a sec there. I was trying. Next time ... *sigh*

by KevinFreitas on 8/29/2008 @ 4:54pm
I vote RR because his Palin makes me know exactly what a VP does. And that's look amazing in chalk.

by Adam the Alien on 8/29/2008 @ 4:59pm
@AdamTheAlien I say no. Since RR is an ex-Alaskan now in Tacoma, and he ties the cartoon to himself, it's a definite "loose Tacoma theme." Just like your self-portrait.

You're assuming I don't think I broke the rule, too. I think I did.

by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 5:09pm
I vote for Ariel.

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 7:00pm
Little Chickadee votes for Ariel. I'm still thinking.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 7:17pm
I vote for stowe

by Elle on 8/29/2008 @ 7:27pm
*sigh* Stowe put his evil chalk lord on my pony. and why would he do that. my poor defenseless pony. And he broke the glitter rule (which he knows I'm staunchly against, but was going to totally break myself if I got down there to participate, but didn't because the boy decided to throw a fit because of a small minuscule boo boo on his finger). So I simply can't cast a vote for a man that would maim a harmless pony (wait... isn't that setting him up for a win?)

All that rambling aside, I'm going to have to vote for the unknown artist. I like the randomness of it all (or that's what I see).

by Courtney on 8/29/2008 @ 7:41pm
RR wearing that tight shirt made me laugh.

Where's the Garfield kid this week??

I am voting for Ariel because it looks so pretty.

And to think I pooh poohed Sto's glitter idea.

by TacomaGnome on 8/29/2008 @ 7:50pm
Being from the northern regions, I need to vote for RR.

It fills me with pride to see him still donning my gift to him.

Huzzah for R. Ryan Anderson! Huzzah! Huzzah!

by jcbetty on 8/29/2008 @ 8:05pm
yahbut... did anyone get a picture of RR in his tight 153??

I have to say, a lost year due to a certain game makes me yearn to vote tetris. But I cannot. The Palin is so life-like, so real, so .....eeeeeevil and PER! -keee that I just have to cast there...

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 8:43pm
if you hate polar bears, vote for palin!

if you love drilling for heavy sour crude you need to send to china to refine, vote for palin!

if you love snowmobiles vote for palin!

if you hate the people of Juneau, and you want to move the capitol of alaska to wasilla to make a few land developers rich, vote for palin!

by Moltz on 8/29/2008 @ 9:05pm
My vote goes for RR's Palin tribute. That's sidewalk change we can believe in!

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 9:05pm
Welcome Moltz. Good to see ya outside of Twitter.

by jenyum on 8/29/2008 @ 9:11pm
I love Ariel's this week. The colors are great and it really pops in a photograph.

I also think Stowe's is freaking hysterical and I continue to admire his mastery of the in joke.

Electric Elliot's (? not sure) cubist masterpiece was wonderfully random and well-crafted.

But I have to vote for RR's Palin piece. So timely, so barbie-intimidating. Just perfect.

by joel413 on 8/29/2008 @ 9:39pm
I vote for the family Chickadee, I think the giant flower is inspired and the poem is perfect.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 9:58pm
stowes glitter cowboy amputee is timely as well.

by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 9:59pm
If my calculations are correct ... with two hours to go, Ariel & RR are each tied with 5. Team Chickadee has 1. Stowe has 1. And the Unknown Artist has 1.

by ALT on 8/29/2008 @ 10:02pm
I vote for Dawn's mighty Tacoma Underdog.

by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 10:03pm
the underdog was awful mighty.

by intacoma on 8/29/2008 @ 10:17pm
I vote Team Chickadee

by ElectricElliot on 8/29/2008 @ 10:23pm
I vote for Mr. Adam the Alien and his fancy new hat.


by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 10:51pm
I vote for Dawn and the Underdog.

by takhoman on 8/29/2008 @ 10:53pm
I would vote for Adam as his Aliens look suspicously like Thea Worms with a fedora.

However I have to go with RR's breaking news of the day Sarah Palin for Veep.

It a fab rendition of who was known in high school as "Sarah Barracuda".

Besides I am now asking RR if I can reprint it.

Just curious, if RR wins this week will he be sending himself a thank you card?

by Mark Monlux on 8/29/2008 @ 10:54pm
Had I made it today, I was going to do a "Dogs of War" theme. So, I'm going to vote for the closest dog theme and that would be Underdog.

Though, I was tempted to vote for the rule breaking Stowe and his cowboy. I still think we should do a cowboy theme sometime. Stowe set a great example.

Kudos to RR for a fantastic image. All that was missing was the oil. Or was I not looking close enough?

by Adam the Alien on 8/30/2008 @ 12:03am
Argh, it's three minutes after and I forgot to vote! :(

by Rue on 8/30/2008 @ 12:08am
I'm not sure who to vote for because I'm not sure if it will help make them win or lose. I vote for the T-town Underdog.

by ensie on 8/30/2008 @ 12:08am
I vote for RR's Palin. She is frightening.

by Adam the Alien on 8/30/2008 @ 12:09am
Wait, do post-midnight votes count now? *is confused*

If they do, I vote for RR.

by intacoma on 8/30/2008 @ 12:35am
nope, last 3 votes dont count, voting ends at 12

by Erik on 8/30/2008 @ 12:52am
Interesting Frost Park Chalking Day.

Yes, there were fewer people who attended. One can speculate whether it was a three day weekend, PAX event, or the strange prize senario.

At any rate, here are the results.

22 votes counted, 4 of which probably would not count due to some technical issue, but fortunately, do not change the outcome.

RR................6 (8)
Ariel..............4 (5)
Unknown A....1

Drum roll please:

Electric Elliot = zero votes!!!

Prize for RR Anderson

"special handcrafted, thank-you card of mystery autographed by political cartoonist RR Anderson."

(We still expect you to deliver the prize to yourself RR, even if it is to yourself.)

Prize for Electric Elliot = three containers of chalk from the Red Hot. I don't see anyone else who didn;t get any votes, but its hard to prove a negative.

by ElectricElliot on 8/30/2008 @ 12:59am
Hooray! I am the loser!

And champion of the Anti-Tacoma Universe!

Thanks to everyone who believed in me... ;)

by Erik on 8/30/2008 @ 1:00am
Congrats Elliot and RR!

However, not everything may be what it seems.

RR Anderson has broken a record in Frost Park by winning two Chalks Offs in a row.

This makes me consider that perhaps RR was holding out during previous episodes letting other contenders win while he planned a come from behind victory.

Did RR improve over the last few months or was he holding back his talents so he could add drama later?

Was he sitting contently sketching Tacomic like entries week after week watching everyone else battle it out when he knew he could prevail at will?

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players:

- Shakespeare

Here is a comparison of RR's chalk off sketches in different weeks. Draw your own conclusion.

Episode II:

Episode XXI


by Erik on 8/30/2008 @ 1:05am
Frost Park Standings After 21 Episodes

I would have to verify this later.

But I believe it is currently a three way tie between Andrea, RR and Stowe (in alphabetical order) with four wins a piece.

by Adam the Alien on 8/30/2008 @ 1:09am
Prize for RR Anderson

Erik, you must have missed an earlier chickadee post...

if RR wins, I will give him TAGRO products ... Seems fitting. And I wouldn't want to see him have to write himself a thank you note ... though that could prove entertaining. I am guessing it would contain the lyrics to a certain Weezer song ...

by NineInchNachos on 8/30/2008 @ 6:50am
thank you everyone. the real winners this round were the people of alaska... who face a desperate time of extreme political corruption. I try to comfort my ex-people with this artwork of solice (free of charge and spared no expense).

reprint at will my friends! and god(s) bless the united chalk artisans of America!

by NineInchNachos on 8/30/2008 @ 6:51am
also, nice maneuvering Electric Elliot.

by ElectricElliot on 8/30/2008 @ 8:55am
Thanks RR. As I hit Frost Park yesterday I realized, nobody likes Tetris because you can never win. The game just goes on and on until level 99 or something. That's just not satisfying. Therefore, because of everyone's subconscious dislike for Tetris, I knew Anti-Victory was in the bag.

by beerandhotdogs on 8/30/2008 @ 1:27pm
You know the weird thing is, I just bought a mini handheld Tetris game, and have been cussing it for beating me over and over. There is some cosmic forces at work here, my friends.

Electric Elliot, you are indeed the winner of the One For The Little Guy Prize Package. I have no idea how to get it to you, but hit me at delicioushotdogs at gmail dot com and we'll figure the shizz out.


by Erik on 7/3/2009 @ 1:36pm
News Alert: Sarah Palin has resigned from being governor of Alaska!