Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 5, 2009 at 12:24am

Chalk Off Today Offers *Lucrative* Prizes From Chris Van Vechten

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

THE PRIZE FOR THE CHALKIE VICTOR : Lucrative prizes from Tacoma School Board Candidate Chris Van Vechten

(See this week's prize post.)

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

RR Anderson

Collective Identity, Art, and Revitalization III

"Sean, the co-owner of The Helm Gallery, told me that most of the art shown at The Helm comes from outside Tacoma, and the gallery is currently going out of business because local art sells [$200 dollar range being the magic number]; non-Tacoma art does not.

He said that most galleries in town show only local artists because local buyers want contact with the artists from whom they are buying. They support community by purchasing art. A piece of local art on the wall makes possible a conversation about the artist and his or her work, and it encourages pride in the local art scene."

~ Ady Olson, UPS student Thesis


Friday, JUNE 4
12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

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


Corporate Sponsorship:

this weeks episode is made possible by FRIENDS OF CHRIS VAN VECHTEN, a man who it would appear is running a political campaign to be elected TACOMA SCHOOL BOARD POSITION NO. 2,

however as it is forbidden to utilize the TACOMA ART LISTSERV for the endorsement of any political candidate we note he is also one of the more vocal members of the PIERCE COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION

which having lost all funding by the DASTARDLY PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL is now nothing more than "we support the arts theater" Way to go Pierce County Council... 


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


Prize: 4 tickets to Buddy Holly @ Tacoma Little Theater
Sponsor: Tacoma Little Theater

see photos:


frost park on twitter:

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 [54]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 1:47am
Here is the graphic for this week by RR:

by KevinFreitas on 6/5/2009 @ 6:50am
Looking forward as usual. I'll be there complete with a sandwich slathered with Baconaise. :)

by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 9:35am
I'll be there complete with a sandwich slathered with Baconaise.

Sounds good,

Weather looks to be overcast but no rain. Perfect chalking weather.

by FrostPark on 6/5/2009 @ 11:01am
Looking up the hill, the sky is looking ominous.

by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 1:34pm
Great turnout today with incredible music by many


Who will be designated the Greatest Illustrator of the Universe today?

by KevinFreitas on 6/5/2009 @ 2:07pm
Here are my shots:

I know exactly who I want to win and I vote Stowe! Well done everyone -- great day out there especially since it was 150 degrees.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 2:24pm
will be posting my photos later today. It was fun to see andrea in her THE NEW TAKHOMAN fedora. My son also chalked a few chicken scratches for the first time. Also I got a hug from LANCE of Beautiful Angle (I couldn't go to the creative thing cuz I was shoveling 4 cubic yards of TAGRO out of the alley... (only found one used condom)).

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 2:25pm
also Erik I think your flickr pics are set to private.. cant see em!

by MarkMonlux on 6/5/2009 @ 2:32pm
I found a lot of art out there. Here is a link to my photostream www.flickr.com/photos/markmonlux/sets/72... and below are some photos of just the art.

Tacoma Beaver #2
Mark Monlux's Tacoma Beaver

So Good
Unknown #1

JA Kruger

WASL by Adam the Alien?

Broken Pencil
WASL Pencil

Street Cred
I'm Too Old To Read Tag This Tag

corner art
Corner Art


E=mc 3
by Electric Elliot

Andrea's Rhino
Andrea's Rhino

Adam the Alien
Adam the Alien

I don't know
Unknown #2

Peace Out
Peace Out

by MarkMonlux on 6/5/2009 @ 2:33pm
I vote for Tacoma Beaver! You should too!

by Adam the Alien on 6/5/2009 @ 2:38pm
Mark - the WASL piece was a superb example of creative art theft, and it was done by Joel. He took the art I did last week and turned it from a depiction of me vs. C.L.A.W. and turned it into a statement about Chris (the knight) and the educational system (the monster).

And, hey - not only did Joel steal my art, but he stole my schtick of stealing other people's art. Double art theft! Very cunning of him.

by MarkMonlux on 6/5/2009 @ 2:39pm
Oops. Here is one I missed.
Brie and Pat
Brie and Pat

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 2:41pm
hey mark, if you add a 'tacoma' tag to your photos they'll show up in the feed tacoma photo page :)

by Adam the Alien on 6/5/2009 @ 2:48pm
I wish I'd managed to get out an hour early, like I'd planned. My piece was originally going to be even more elaborate, and include more elements of my personal journey through unhappy emotional states...I was also going to include a bit more in the way of my journey since. But time is a cruel, cruel mistress.

Still, I like how it turned out. I think my "falling through the cracks of the educational system" idea, in the middle, turned out better than I expected.

I find it very fitting that Chris was sponsoring the chalk-off this week, and that a lot of people themed around the educational system, since the very flawed educational system played a very large role in my downward emotional spiral, which peaked with my near-suicide six years and one day ago.

I may discuss that - especially my specific issues with the educational system and the problems of standardization - a bit, later, but I have things to tend to right now. And I think the art says quite a bit in and of itself as far as explanation goes.

by Adam the Alien on 6/5/2009 @ 2:51pm
Oop, almost forgot - Mark, "Unknown #2" is Ariel (hardly unknown) and Meg (a first timer). They collaborated.

by Joel 413 on 6/5/2009 @ 3:04pm
Once again a nice representation of the work was posted on teh tread already, mine are in the flickr group.

But here is Ariel & Meg's final work. done in an hour, just not the noon-1 hour!


This week I'm going to VOTE for Adam, there's a lot there and it's personal as well as thematic.

Big shoutout to Stowe and his super Mario Bros.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 3:12pm
I try to capture the candid moments during which the artist is interacting with his/her art piece. enjoy (happy friday).

Tacoma Urbanist likes Los 3 Hermanos Taco Truck

Los 3 Hermanos, Best Tacos in Taco(ma)

Andrea W. Fedora

Adam the Alien Hangs On

Chalk Embellishments


Stowe's Chalk Side Scroller Game

Maximilian Chalks for First Time

by daydreamer on 6/5/2009 @ 4:13pm
Ok...I am voting for Thorax's "Brie and Pat" wedding bells....why? Because Brie is my daughter and Thorax, my son did it as a tribute to his baby sister and her groom to be.

by mktacoma on 6/5/2009 @ 4:15pm
I started out wanting to vote for the Super Tacoma Bros (great work), but I'm going to vote for Adam in the end.

Tachonorable mentioned for Stowe?

by kaotix on 6/5/2009 @ 4:28pm
Andrea has my vote. But kudos to the WASL pencil.

by Dave_L on 6/5/2009 @ 5:02pm
Oh gawd, I just checked this thread....
I was going to go out in public this evening, but I've been RR'd!
Or Bjornsoned. (Monlux, that should explain the answer I had to your question today!)
tacomachickadee, check out this chalk someone that is good did: www.flickr.com/photos/brownish/349572280...
Nice turnout today. I'm glad I was able to stop by for a few minutes on my way by. I will chalk no more forever, tho. Maybe, haha.

by jamesstoweart on 6/5/2009 @ 5:25pm
Since mine hasn't made it up on the board yet here is a quick stitched together version using Kevin's pics:

My apologies if I break the thread with it's awesome longness.



by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 5:32pm
Tacoma Ground took some photos today:


by jenyum on 6/5/2009 @ 5:40pm
I vote for the taco truck.

Because I am hungry.

And it's very realistic.

by ElectricElliot on 6/5/2009 @ 5:54pm
Tough call this week. Will have to ponder.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/5/2009 @ 5:58pm
I did two this week!

The Brie and Pat wedding bells and the Teen Girl Squad.

That being said, I'm obligated to vote for my Wedding bells one. It'll be the Wedding of the Century tomorrow... a spectacle beyond compare!
...ok, maybe not. But it does leave me, as the oldest child, the only one still not married. Anyway, here's the happy couple. Remember, a vote for the wedding bells is a vote for a happy marriage!

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 6:01pm
Adam 2 took some good pics


by tacomachickadee on 6/5/2009 @ 6:29pm
I vote for AdamTheAlien. I'm glad he's still around.

by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 6:42pm
The Taco truck could revive Tollefson Plaza!

It was pretty good.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 6:58pm
when I worked for horizon at seatac I used to fantasize about killing myself by jumping into a throttling 777 jumbo jet engine.

by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 7:10pm
when I worked for horizon at seatac I used to fantasize about killing myself by jumping into a throttling 777 jumbo jet engine.

Did you ever do it?

by luan37 on 6/5/2009 @ 7:16pm
I vote for the pencil by Ben because he is my talented husband and I support him.

by Twisty on 6/5/2009 @ 7:34pm
I'm voting for the taco truck, since there are so many just like it in my neighborhood.

by Erik on 6/5/2009 @ 7:47pm
So many great entries.

I vote Taco Truck though.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 8:27pm
Not just any taco truck.
This is the one and only....

12TH and PINE

best mexican in walking distance of the HFW Compound.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 8:37pm
Ms. Darcy wants me to vote for the fraggle rock entry.... but I must vote for Mark Monlux beaver because everyone could use more beaver in their lives.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 8:40pm
I am a big fan of NO. 2 pencils though. That would have been my NO. 2 choice

by Dianne on 6/5/2009 @ 8:40pm
I vote for Jon. I am a fan of conjuring.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2009 @ 9:25pm
I hope Chris Van Vechten uses some of these wasl pieces on his votevanvechten.com website

by MarkMonlux on 6/5/2009 @ 9:53pm
RR, I went in and added Tacoma to my tags in Flickr per your suggestion. Thanks. I hope it feeds through.

by ensie on 6/5/2009 @ 10:14pm

by ElectricElliot on 6/5/2009 @ 10:30pm
I vote for the WASL pencil.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 6/5/2009 @ 11:28pm
I vote for the Taco Bus. I'm starvin! : )

by meghansolo on 6/5/2009 @ 11:33pm
I vote Teen Girl Squad, for a couple of reasons...firstly, I saw them in more than one place, presumably by the same artist, which was cool (I love being surprised by random awesomeness), and also because it is so PERFECTLY Teen Girl Squad without any errors and with such clean minimalistic lines, which I think is sometimes a lot harder than being able to sketch and go over and over lines with new chalk. Plus, TGS is just so amazing! Some of my first illustrations were making my friends and myself into the copy-cat "Teen Nerd Squad." Good times.

Also, thanks for remembering me, guys, I had a TON of fun and it *definitely* won't be my last time. I also have some photos and video...I see everyone using flickr so I might make an account, so that I can share. :)

And, also, if I could give a Miss Congeniality of Illustration Award, it would go to Ariel, for being in pain and false labor all day and still showing up to make sure that she helped introduce me to everyone. I less-than-three you, Mrs. Vining.

by morgan on 6/6/2009 @ 12:00am
I love taco trucks. RR gets my vote!

by MarkMonlux on 6/6/2009 @ 9:56am
Okay, here's my final tally:

RR...5 votes
Adam...4 votes
Brie & Pat...2 votes
WASL pencil....2 votes
Monlux...2 votes
John...1 vote
Teen Girl Squad...1 vote
Andrea...1 vote
Stowe...1 vote

Feel free to double check my numbers.

by Erik on 6/6/2009 @ 10:39am
Wow. Close contest.

If these numbers hold up, RR will have won each and every one of the Chris Van Vechten prizes including:

1) The political yard sign

2) Melon Mug

3) Melon T Shirt


4) $15 value Lunch with CVV

A preliminary congrats RR:

by Erik on 6/6/2009 @ 10:40am
Chris comments on this week's chalk off on his site in reference to the chalk off and the WASL:



by NineInchNachos on 6/6/2009 @ 7:57pm
I cannot believe this is happening to me. I win again. I am truly blessed to have such devoted fans. We frequent the taco truck on 12th and Pine whenever we get the hunger for authentic Mexican and we don't want to drive... driving is THE GREAT SATAN! Yes. Walking is the true path to nirvana.

Do residents have a moral obligation to walk as much as possible? YES!

I would like to thank Joe Izenman for his help on the spelling of LOS 3 HERMANOS. I owe him a 99 cent taco. As soon as I repair the offroad stroller given to me by the Tacoma Urbanist we should all go out for Tacos.


by morgan on 6/6/2009 @ 9:05pm
I have to say I am partial to the taco truck at South 38th & G(?) Street - but I'll have to try the one on 12th out. It's certainly much closer... even though I will still have to use "Satan's vehicle."

by Adam the Alien on 6/7/2009 @ 1:10am
Damn, I wish I had remembered to vote when I had a computer available.

On a related note: I still think the vote-by-tweet idea is a good one. Either that, or Kevin needs to come up with a mobile-friendly feedtacoma. Even now that I have a new, Internet-capable phone, it's not good enough to load the thread before emitting a tortured scream, shifting into sobs of shame and agony, losing all its senses and eventually imploding and causing a tear in the space-time continuum.

by NineInchNachos on 6/7/2009 @ 9:55am
try this adam!


by Joel 413 on 6/8/2009 @ 8:28am
It's Monday and I'm procrastinating from doing anything substantial at work. So, I concur on Mark's vote count. RR wins..

One exception to the count: Adam had three (3) official votes and one Shout out, which could have been interpreted as a vote.

by NineInchNachos on 6/8/2009 @ 12:37pm
thanks joel, with your concurrence it's like i've won all over again.

verily, Frost Park Chalk Challenge is the gift that keeps on giving