Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 13, 2008 at 12:05am

Chalkies Battle for El Gaucho Food at Frost Park Today

(Banner by Stowe)

Today is Frost Park Friday noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue in Downtown Tacoma.

Should be a nice day.  A mere 21 percent chance of rain.

Episode X: Week 10: 6/13/2008

Yes.  Chalking on Friday the 13th!!!!1!!!

Below is RR Anderson's announcement with new art.  The voting guidelines have been "enhanced" as well.

HANDY Frost Park Chalking Tips:

Be  original  and develop your own style, but don't forget
above anything and everything else... BE HUMAN.
THINK...  FEEL...  When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the subject matter you draw,
you will know you are on the right track . . .

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


...ONLINE VOTING BEGINS on feedtacoma.com

Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. is made possible through charitable donation by the bourgeoisie decadence of EL GAUCHOS RESTAURANT with a FINE DINING COUPON of $75 DOLLAR VALUE!!!!!!!  

EL GAUCHOS, which is Spanish for "THE GAUCHOS" is likely the most fancy RESTAURANT EVER in the whole city of TACOMA. 

"THEY LIGHT MY BANANAS ON FIRE BEFORE I HAVE A CHANCE TO PUT THEM IN MY MOUTH!" ~ Some Super Rich Dude That Probably Lives on the Northend with a View of the WATER, 2008

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

get pumped, visit FeedTacoma.com's TACOMA URBANIST.

* * * 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.                  your name here                ??

 Honorable Mention

  1. Dave L
  2. Laura Hanan
  3. James aka "The Garfield Kid"
  4. Dawn
  5. Mark Monlux

 Artists Too Cowardly

  1. two guys from 'the helm'
  2. That one sign painter guy
  3. rhymes with "Manuel Glue"
  4. your mom

* * *

R. Ryan Anderson,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Webmaster @
http://www.holisticforgeworks.com | Detective Agency: (253) 238-6718
++ conscientious objector + media liberator + humorist for hire ++

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 in reference to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

For more information see:

Prize Post ($75 at El Gaucho and Artistic Publicity)

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book

See everyone at Frost Park

comments [108]  |  posted under tacoma


by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 7:58am
I see Stowe is only depicting the lesser gods in his comic book cover. Where is Lupin and RR when you need them to vanquish this hairy monster?


by KevinFreitas on 6/13/2008 @ 8:27am
I'll be there on the shiny new Vespa. Any other scooter goers today?

See everyone at noon!

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 9:15am
Stowe even made it in The New Takhoman!

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 9:36am
9:40 a.m. cloudy but still completely dry at Frost Park.

Stowe even made it in The New Takhoman!

Interesting. Hathaway incorporate RR's takeoff of Stowe's battle. Multiple sets of commenting worms in the picture.

Hathaway says that Frost Park Chalking submissions are now officially considered art not graffiti. Nice. It took nine Episodes, but we will take the "win.". Break out the champagne!

I'll be there on the shiny new Vespa. Any other scooter goers today?

Patricia often arrives in high style with her matching pink scooter and helmet.

by Mandiferous on 6/13/2008 @ 9:44am
I thought her scooter was pink...

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 9:53am
Sorry to say, I will be unavailable for today's chalk extravaganza. though I do have an entry if I can just figure out how to attach the image.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 9:57am
friday13 by lance

note the tiny spikes... stencil technology? Kagey is a wizard!

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 11:15am
New Tribune Coverage:

The Tribune's well read "Political Buzz" blog have picked up Frost Park Chalk Off and the political angle:

OK, maybe a state Treasurer candidate doesn't ring door bells (that's better left to city and county candidates). And the whole baby-kissing thing probably is best reserved for presidential politics.

But state Rep. Jim McIntire, the Seattle Democrat running for state Treasurer, really is putting up the dough to sponsor this week's Frost Park Chalk Off.

The Chalk Off, in case you didn't know, is a weekly happening at downtown Tacoma's Frost Memorial Park, the little park at the corner of South Ninth and Pacific Avenue.


And apparently the Chalk Off is becoming the place for politicians to see and be seen -- Pierce County Councilman Tim Farrell and Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner Ryan Mello have reportedly made appearances.


Plus, "It sounded like a cool event," McIntire said.

The Tribune also includes a pictures of State Treasurer candidate McIntire and a picture of Episode X with Andrea, Stowe and others that was in the Tribune the Saturday before last.


Nice work Jason Hagey !

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 11:35am
Jim seems like a cool dude. I woulda pimped him more in my listserve blast but I'm not allowed anymore to mention political things there... not since the (robert-hill/consitutions matter incident) Anyhow. Jim, Tim, and Ryan are my kind of fellows! Please vote for them. they will turn things around.

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 1:43pm
More pictures later. Obviously some very strong entries.

Here's a start:

More here:


by thriceallamerican on 6/13/2008 @ 1:54pm
First inclination is to vote for the cake. Even though it's not chalk.

Liking the roller derby, good "action shot".

But my early favorite is Chihuly/Cthulhu.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 1:55pm
we have some amazing work!

Chihuly / Cthulhu

Cthulhu / Chihuly

Mark Monlux Aliens of Wapato


James, The Garfield Kid

Elle's Cantalope Octopus

Stowe & Dawn's Dockyard Derby Dames

Andrea Indy Adam Alien

Electric Elliot's Warhol Robot

Can you see the Sun?

Sun Spot

Tacoma Urbanist

seem to have an alien theme in episode x.

by thriceallamerican on 6/13/2008 @ 1:58pm
Yup, the alternate angles on it seal the deal, Chihuly/Cthulhu wins my vote. Mark it 8, dude.

by KevinFreitas on 6/13/2008 @ 2:12pm
Here are pics I took of the day:

Really great work everyone! I gotta to with the Sun Spot multi-tiered entry. Brilliant! Everything up and down the sidewalk blew me away though.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 2:12pm
The dockyard derby dames piece you could interact with too. Infact the awesome thing about stowe and dawns piece is that you can stand in it and take your picture with a Dockyard Derby Dame! New innovations at frost park today.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 2:14pm
another innovative piece is the 'sun spot' where you stand and the stairs line up and you can see the sun floating there... it's pretty trippy.

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 2:17pm
another innovative piece is the 'sun spot' where you stand and the stairs line up and you can see the sun floating there... it's pretty trippy.

Yep. Elle's colors were memorizing, Adam's submission was first class, and Andrea's piece featuring an all black background was cool.

The Garfield submissions are also taking it up a notch each competition.

by MarkMonlux on 6/13/2008 @ 2:19pm
I live very close to Lake Wapato Park and my art this week is dedicated to bringing attention to the park.

On the edge of the park is a new police outpost. Decorating the edge of the parking lot is a piece of public art that the residents have come to refer to as “the aliens”. About a dozen child size figure that look from the street to be built from crumpled aluminum play in odd poses. The figures are made of metal, and to give them all a seamless silver appearance, the metal was dipped in lead. Some of the figures have color plastic hands. One figure is entirely bright day glow pink. And I have searched and search on the Internet for a photo of these things and have yet been able to find one.

When I moved to Tacoma 15 years ago, you could fish the lake. The opening of fishing season would see several events at the lake. Now folks are told not to try and catch and definitely not to eat any of the fish (if they remain). The city has tried to clean the lake but have been unsuccessful. And while the plans of improving the lake with fountains, landscaping and other surface elements, I’ve hardly heard anything about what current plan (not studies) are in place to make the lake healthy again.

“ Aliens of Lake Wapato” is my statement of how a once thriving lake is insidiously turning into a place that is very creepy.

Late Wapato Lake in Serious Condition

The New Master Plan for Lake Wapato

Lake Wapato report calls its condition serious

by MarkMonlux on 6/13/2008 @ 2:20pm
Oh, and thanks for the brownie. It was delicious.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 2:27pm
poor lake Wapato. Atleast the TACOMA MAUL has stopped dumping her raw sewage into the lake. Mark, At first I thought your piece was a fred crisman reference

thanks for the backstory!

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 2:30pm
Oh, and thanks for the brownie. It was delicious.

Those were supplied by the original Take Back The Park Sponsor Gretchen from Herban Cafe.

But my early favorite is Chihuly/Cthulhu.

Is this is Cthulhu?


by takhoman on 6/13/2008 @ 2:43pm
Anything, human or alien wearing a fedora works for me. Andera gets my Wapato vote.

Next weeks prize! A real living 1940's overcoat. With the weather we're having it can be worn now. Not that its now worn.

by TopsyTurvyTTtown on 6/13/2008 @ 2:49pm
Great pictures everyone, thanks! One day I'll work back in Tacoma and can enjoy the day time festivities. :)

by AngelaJossy on 6/13/2008 @ 2:52pm
I think I'm gonna have to go with the Dockyard Derby Dames because wow! but Andrea's snake/alien/skull piece was AMAZING and almost made me change my mind. I also really liked the wapato aliens. I bet those new sculptures will make great fodder for the tweekers in that part of town. Then again, they've probably seen aliens there a thousand times before...

Kudos to the artist who did the sun spot - great idea. Can't wait to see how that concept develops over time.


by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 2:58pm
Welcome mr. Hathaway!

Welcome Topsy!

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 2:59pm
Next weeks prize! A real living 1940's overcoat. With the weather we're having it can be worn now. Not that its now worn.

Thanks for throwing an extra prize in there takhoman!

Your vote is noted.

by morgan on 6/13/2008 @ 3:00pm
So much innovation this week!

As much as I love aliens, this week I am voting for the Dockyard Dames. It's fun, about Tacoma, and had me amazed at the coordination between two artists to draw it.

Well done all!

(thanks for the brownie, Gretchen!)

by WaywardScooterGirl on 6/13/2008 @ 3:08pm
Since it was the last day of the quarter, I was able to stay for the entire event today...and I can tell you I was totally blown away be EVERYONE'S creations...

So many new chalkers, too...one of these days I'll try my hand at it, but spectators are necessary so I feel I fulfill a vital role. I'm like Kevin without the camera! We even ride the same color scooter... ;-)

I am torn between the Dockyard Derby Dames and Sunspot...both are very creative. Both make you of different surfaces in enhancing ways. Sunspot is very analogous to our TOTAL LACK of sunshine in the past weeks. Our glimpses of the sun have been very fragmented. But honestly, I love the grassroots handshake the DDD piece is about. Both Frost Park Chalk Off and the Dockyard Derby Dames efforts are about groups of individuals trying to provide Tacoma with alternatives to the run of the mill entertainments. And since there IS a Derby Bout tomorrow, my vote goes to the Dockyard Derby Dames!

by jamesstoweart on 6/13/2008 @ 3:18pm
I'm getting my vote in early.

First, let me say that The Cthulhu/Chihuly is absolutely brilliant! It is my favorite R.R. Anderson piece ever and I'd buy a Tacomic version of it in a heart beat. Great job R.R. and excellent use of space. That being said... I can't vote for it.

Second, the Sun Spot/Steps thing... also absolutely brilliant! The whole idea of it blew my friggin' MIND! I literally shouted out loud that it had my vote on more than one occasion. Pictures don't do it justice. That being said... I can't for it either.

Third, Andrea in evening wear slapping down charcoal like she is a briquette salesperson was daunting to work next too. I felt personally challenged. I should never have let the existence of Lump Charcoal out of the bag (so to speak). That being said... I can't for that one either.

Fourth, Dawn... it was an honor and a pleasure to work on the Triple D homage piece with you. I think we had great artistic synergy. Everyone should go see the Derby Dames tomorrow. Everyone. That being said... I can't even vote for Dawn (and Me).

And why?

Because I have to vote for my son's Snake Shark. I promised him I would. That and he said that if i didn't it would slither to our house and eat my dreams. IT EATS DREAMS!!! FOR GOD SAKE VOTE FOR IT!!!

by Adam the Alien on 6/13/2008 @ 3:34pm
About to head to Seattle, so I don't have time to go into details on all the pieces until later...but I'm voting now for Andrea's piece. So many factors swaying my vote in that direction, not the least of which is a weak spot for heavy amounts of black a la Sin City and about half of the Hellboy & Sandman comics out there. I do love a good, solid black when it comes to drawings. It makes everything else pop more, and in this case really emphasizes Andrea's beautiful lighting/shading work.

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 3:39pm
Thanks for the Urbanist/Adam the Alien piece Adam. I finally "made it" I suppose by being rendered in a chalk off submission. I love it!

Glad to see you got your camera back too. Now you are ready to roll making films.

I do love a good, solid black when it comes to drawings. It makes everything else pop more, and in this case really emphasizes Andrea's beautiful lighting/shading work.

Andreas piece certainly shows well. It creates it own little scary world and the Adam the Alien character is getting cooler looking each week.

I am stuck between Chihuly/Cthulhu and Andrea's piece.

by Ms.Ajax on 6/13/2008 @ 3:45pm
Where's Garfield????

by KevinFreitas on 6/13/2008 @ 3:50pm
Garfield esta aqui. Great multi-panel piece by Jeremy this week.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 3:54pm
I gotta get some of that cowboy charcoal

by Ms.Ajax on 6/13/2008 @ 3:55pm
Bueno! Gracias! My vote is for Garfield...

by ALT on 6/13/2008 @ 4:03pm
Darn it I had forgotten to bring my camera with me today. That bummed me out. Anybody out there get some good closeups of the entries?

Anyway Erik, I'm borrowing the photo you took to help me out this week!
I had just watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull yesterday. Being an Indy fan I loved it, and it left an impression on me (obviously). The notion of Adam the Alien as Indy popped into my head after viewing Stowe's promo poster for this week's Chalk Challenge: Stowe's winning serpent from last week had ensnared Adam's Alien in its coils.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 4:23pm
James, The Garfield Kid

the blackness of the black used in this piece was impressive.

by MarkMonlux on 6/13/2008 @ 4:26pm
My vote is for the dynamic duo doing Dockyard Derby Dames, dang it.

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 4:28pm
Check out this:



by Heather on 6/13/2008 @ 4:31pm
I can't vote. I just can't.

How creative and fun was Izenman's Harem's map of Tacoma? (virgins?)
Elle's piece was beautiful, really beautiful.
Andrea, as amazing as ever. Wait, maybe more amazing than ever.
Mike's sunspot was brilliant. Brilliant. (And he was a virgin, right??)
I adored Adam's Flickr phone piece. Bright, happy, a little crazy.
The Warhol Robot? So cool. Great theme. Great use of a small space. (another virgin?!)
I'm all about raising awareness AND the chalking of Lake Wapato's aliens is AWESOME.
And I knew that Dawn and Stowe teaming up would be dangerous, but, but, but, I'm speechless.
JCBetty's Symbiosis is pretty and pretty damn amazing for being her second submission.

So, I'm going to mow the yard, clean the house, get cleaned up, have a drink and see if I can summon up a vote before I leave for my friend's birthday party. But I doubt I'll be able to choose. It would be helpful if I could vote based on the person that I like the best. But I can't even do that. Everybody pretty much rocks.

by Elle on 6/13/2008 @ 4:49pm
I'm going to have to make my vote after dinner, but a good job was done by all. I had a great time for my return.

I love Mike's sunspot and the creative use of space by Stowe and Dawn. And the escheresqueness (is that a word?) of RR's piece had me going what the? I'm sorry I didn't get a full photo of Andrea's piece.

In the mean time here is a link to my web album

by droid116 on 6/13/2008 @ 4:50pm
"Snakes!! I HATE Snakes!!"

But I vote for Andrea's chalk drawing this week.

by Dave L. on 6/13/2008 @ 5:52pm
I’m glad Andrea proved a black background works, as well as the Garfield-Kid's Tall-Ships black, b/c I still have a bag of briquettes, and my next idea needs a black background. (It's like, how much more black could this be?) Like Heather, at this moment I still can't decide whom to give my vote. It’s very tough, and I enjoy all the entries very much. My first thought is that Lucks Theater’s Dawn/Stowe combo take the cake, for stated reasons and another imaginative way to use the wall. But I’m also blown away by the innovative sun-steps; I really, really dig that. I appreciate Monlux’s subject for tribute once again, and Wapato needs the awareness and help. Great clouds! I will definitely go check out the source of the inspiration. Warhol/Dome was a great Tacoma historical reference. Izen’s is great fun, but (only)IMHO, he left out a center of the universe where all roads lead. Cthulhu made me crank up the Google again, then I laughed out loud. It’s now one of my all-time favorites. I love the amazing comic art for this week, and I’m honored to have ripples I’ve created appear again in Stowe’s work – Thank you, James. If I don’t come back to vote before I leave work, it means I still can’t decide. [Too busy at work today to get away, even as I type this.]

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 5:58pm
wow. amazing work.
I'm glad I don't have to vote for my own today but I'm gonna have a hard time deciding. I'm leaning toward Andrea's Alien but wait...

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 5:59pm
those derby dames are rockin'

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 6:00pm
sun spot - blinding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 6:01pm
wapato wackiness by MM

out of this world.

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 6:04pm
warhol robot, chihuly-medusahead, and the eric phone WOAH WOAH WOAH

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 6:05pm


by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 6:07pm
Ok. Went to Frost Park a few minutes ago for some close up shots of my top two.

Sometimes, a closer look reveals something as Joe Izenman's picture of Hathaway revealed.

Here is RR Anderson's Chihuly/Cthulhu

Notable: Check out the bloodshot eye and the wide-eyed look of a cult leader.

Andrea's Adam the Alien, Crystal Skull, Stowe's Snake

Notable: luminescence, glow reflecting off the Fedora and the Alien's eye.

Andrea's captures the moment.

The Dockyard Dames is an event worth supporting, but Andreas piece is the best illustration of the day IMO so I will vote for it.

by Warren on 6/13/2008 @ 6:23pm
Oh, I Have to vote for Adam's Ubanist, even though he rendered the Urbanist taking a shot of Andrea's Alien.

I would have voted for RR Anderson, but the honor to Eric is deserved. Adam should take Eric out for a steak.

Tacoma Art Supply will soon have more of the Prang Freeart Chalk. This stuff has to be ordered 3 months ahead of time. I should have it in a couple of weeks. So you see I was ahead of this desperate need for chalk in Tacoma. But Dixon prang decided to shift their manufacturing to Mexico. If you do not pay the federalis their little payment bites, it could take months to get it out of the country to the US. Anyone want to start a chalk factory in Tacoma?

by Lance Kagey on 6/13/2008 @ 6:49pm
Hey I'm going to the artist reception at blackwater. see you there?

by ElectricElliot on 6/13/2008 @ 6:53pm
Wow. Amazing work by everyone this week. I was totally impressed. I guess having a politician sponsor the prize this week really brought out the best in the Chartists.

Andrea, Dawn/Stowe and RR's especially blew me out of the water.

Andrea's is just iconic.

And the sunspot piece was incredibly clever.

Having just been to the Glass Museum today, and for its cleverness + artistic excellence, I'm going to have to go with RR this week.

Honored to be a park of such a wonderful event!

by bluegodjanus on 6/13/2008 @ 7:13pm
I brought local photographer Vince Milum with me today, here are his photos of the event.

My vote goes for the sun on the steps.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 7:15pm
hey thanks Electric Elliot.

Warren and to all concerned parties...


all you need is...

1. plaster of Paris
2. powdered tempora paints
3. toilet paper tubes

mix plaster... mix in tempora paint to desired pigment (you can adjust the saturation... add glitter whatever) pour wet plaster into toilet paper tube. let dry. peal off brown paper tube. you have a chalk stick!

by jamesstoweart on 6/13/2008 @ 7:46pm
I'm giving R.R. homemade chalk advice the slant eye... It isn't that I don't believe you, its just that... no, it is just that I don't believe you.

Also, Courtney (the beloved Mrs. Stowe) took some good shots:

Close up (designed as a vagrant attempt to drive up Triple D votes)

My budding artist son and his Snake Shark

Close up of the Snake Shark (its vacant eye haunts me)

Does Dawn take a coffee break when there is team chalking to do? Heck no she doesn't.

by tacomachickadee on 6/13/2008 @ 7:46pm
And here's a sampling from those of us who know we'll never win, but are having fun doodlin' around anyway.

The Doodler's Club:

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 7:50pm
Ok. 4 hours and 19 minutes left to vote.

Here is the evening photo set:

Electric Elliot:

Sun Spot:

Stowe's son:

T Town

Dawn and Stowe's Derby Dames

Andrea's Adam the Alien, Crystal Skull, Stowe's Snake

Elle's "A little bit of Heaven"

Snail and Flower

Urbanist Captures the Alien by Adam the Alien

Map of Tacoma

Jeremy's Garfield Panel

Symbiosis by Jessica

Aliens of Lake Wapato by Mark M.

Chihuly/Cthulhu by RR Anderson

More here:

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 7:58pm
The hipster factor of Frost Park picked up considerably with Electric Elliot there. Here, he exhibits the traditional chalk off pose.

The classic:


by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 8:05pm
I dare anybody interested in home chemistry experiments to attempt my homemade chalk idea (above) !

I stole it from Ms. Darcy... it is actually a fun kids project over at North Tacoma Montessori

I mean dont just run out and buy plaster and tempora paint... but if you have a surplus of either around the house give er a go!

by TacomaGnome on 6/13/2008 @ 8:22pm
Mr. Anderson, I look forward to experimenting with your chemistry experiment.

It is amazing to find a way to color beyond charred sticks.

Insofar as my vote, it is very tough.

One can say it is a bit o' heaven and a bit o' hell that is presented here. Well, at least where my vote is.

I have certainly missed the sun this season. I half expected your spring to be much more sunny, especially this close to the summer solstice.

I have to then give 1/2 of my vote to 'Sun Spot'. and 1/2 of my vote to my dear, dear friend elle.

It is my pleasure to vote and will continue to do so at every chance I am able.

by Twisty on 6/13/2008 @ 8:28pm
I am simply flummoxed. Everybody turned it up a notch (or two, or three...) this week. My thanks to all of the artists for the smile I am wearing right now, as I peruse the entries!

My vote this week goes to the Derby Dames.

by tacomachickadee on 6/13/2008 @ 8:33pm
Dammit. I want to vote for so many people.

But I have to give it to the multi-level "Where the bleep is the sun" stairs bit for pure out-of-the-box thinking.

But I yearn to vote for Andrea's, Adam's, RR's, Elle's, Aliens of All Shapes and Sizes and Wapato Locations, Symbiosis, the Roller Derby, and ... oh, I give up. This week was over-the-top.

Though I'm starting to wonder, with less-frequent rain as summer sorta comes, and the increased use of black-stays-forever charcoal ... how long can we keep up this weekly pace?


by morgan on 6/13/2008 @ 8:52pm
Great write up in the TNT's political blog about the Chalk Off. Why would a politician be interested in a community event? Why not?!
link to post

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 9:00pm
chickadee... how do we get our favorite spots completely erased? easy! Draw a new takhoman! The next day there will be not a trace.

I suggest everybody draw a new takhoman on thursday... that way it will be nice an clean for us by friday.

by mzkrug on 6/13/2008 @ 9:06pm
My vote is for Jeremy and his pirate Garfield panel. Aaaaaarrrrggghhhhhh!!

by Wings_of_Change on 6/13/2008 @ 9:27pm
ok, so I am a sad panda that I didn't get to go this week. I've been ill and in bed all day. but I had to get out of the covers to at least vote!! and boy, you have all taught me a very valuable lesson: I am NEVER allowed to be sick on a Friday EVER AGAIN, or I will miss some amazing competition. WoW. you guys are awesome.

the good and bad thing about this weeks is that I'm not voting for my own piece, but that also means I have to choose between yours. They were all astounding, but the ones that stood out out in my head were......

Jeremy's Garfield piece. I know I live with him, and I get to see his work on a daily basis, but his chalk work just keeps stepping up.

The sun spot. Every week, people keep finding new and interesting ways of using Frost Park. I cant wait to see what the cement inspires next week!!

Cthulhu/chihuly. wow. WOW! I am awed. the, message, the creativity, the detail!!! its simply amazing! plus I love lovecraft, the stories are amazing.

Andrea's Indy-Alien. Her work is awesome. end of discussion.

But my vote is going to.......

Elle's Piece. I love abstract. and I love the colors. and the detail. and everything. Good work Elle. :)

by Tacomite on 6/13/2008 @ 9:28pm
My vote is for Elle, mainly for the obscure Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds reference. Definite honorable mention goes to the Sun Spot. I was also tempted to vote for Stowe for the kick ass playing cards that he made. Anyone collect them all?

by Elle on 6/13/2008 @ 9:28pm
As far as RR's suggestion of creating one's own chalk, it is doable. I did it for the Rowland Building challenge. I used gold tempera, but my suggestion is to definitely use powdered paint, not the liquid stuff. The chalk won't set up with the liquid and you won't get as vibrant of a color. Other things I might suggest... plastic easter eggs work great as molds. fill each half with the mixture and when it sets up like super thick pancake batter put the eggs back together. Just be sure to grease the insides with Vaseline first. Oh and if you use the toilet paper roll trick, line them with parchment paper first. and make sure your tape on the end is well sealed. (can you tell I speak from experience) It's my little bit of Martha kicking in. Sorry.

So on to my vote... wow, that is a tough one. I really do like the team up with Stowe and Dawn. The sun spot took me by surprise, but I think I'm going to vote for myself this week. Not because I need an evening out or anything (see formerly referenced video of my child screaming), but because I like the use of color and the two way look to it. Yes it is "a little bit of heaven", but the other way it is "a little bit of hell yeah".

by justagirl on 6/13/2008 @ 9:37pm

by jenyum on 6/13/2008 @ 9:44pm
The sun spot really blew my mind, with it's now you see it, now you don't-ness.

Then again, the Dame's were awesome.

Then again, Chihuly/Cthulu! Didn't even notice the Chihuly until it was posted about, that about blew this week's choice out of the water.

But I have to give it to the Sun Spot. Breaking out of my Stowe/RR box, and voting for innovation.

by pietogo on 6/13/2008 @ 9:45pm
Well, I have to say I missed seeing what Lance would do on the pavement this week, but that said... doh! How do I vote!? I am half tempted to take the half and half vote, but the other half of me says to vote in full. So, I guess I'm going to vote for... oh I just can't decide! OK> I'm voting for the Derby Dames. Those chicks rock! (but I do like the frolicking aliens coming out of their spaceship!)

by takhoman on 6/13/2008 @ 9:51pm
chickadee... how do we get our favorite spots completely erased? easy! Draw a new takhoman! The next day there will be not a trace.

I suggest everybody draw a new takhoman on thursday... that way it will be nice an clean for us by friday.

Glad to be of service!

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 9:52pm
I vote for the Dockyard Derby Dames. I always have impure thoughts when I see their logo. Yes I have an attraction to a logo. so what?

by aylalala on 6/13/2008 @ 9:59pm
I vote for Andrea's Indiana Alien!

by ALT on 6/13/2008 @ 10:02pm
I really like the way mine turned out this week, So I'm voting for my Indiana Alien.

Stowe's genius discovery of using Cowboy hardwood lump charcoal is an economical means of laying down TONS of beautiful blackness. A big bag of this wondrous stuff costs less than $6 and can be found at Lowe's and Trader Joe's.

Cowboy up.

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2008 @ 10:19pm
Stowe and Company. . KUPS has a Dockyard Derby Dame in the studio tonight. They're giving away tshirts. Anyhow I called and told em to check out your entry on feed tacoma.

We need to alert the DAMES to your glorious tribute!

by t_hunter on 6/13/2008 @ 10:21pm
I vote for Andrea's Alien

by Dianne on 6/13/2008 @ 10:23pm
I am voting for pirate Garfield.

by JeremyScott on 6/13/2008 @ 10:23pm
I vote for Garfield.

by keroroman on 6/13/2008 @ 10:33pm
I vote for Andrea
I like the snake!!

by izenmania on 6/13/2008 @ 10:33pm
I have no choice but to vote for Chihuly/Cthulhu. I am compelled.

by anubismp on 6/13/2008 @ 10:37pm
I vote for Andreas Indiana Alien chalk.

by Erik on 6/13/2008 @ 10:43pm
Though I'm starting to wonder, with less-frequent rain as summer sorta comes, and the increased use of black-stays-forever charcoal ... how long can we keep up this weekly pace?

Now that the city has apparently designated Frost Park Chalk submissions an art form (after about 100 submissions), having the area get washed off is going to be more of a challenge.

However, I suspect there are still going to be some courtesy power washings regardless. Adam and Stowe pieces are still there though.

Regardless, I think there is going to be a need for some mid week washings. Frost Park does have a great water supply. All one needs is a bucket. Some of it comes off pretty fast.

The Frost Park attendeees do have alot of friends and contacts downtown who work around the area who have access to equipment such as power washers.

Ok. Here goes:

Here is an open invitation for anyone to wash off the chalkings during the week in Frost Park, it would much much appreciated. (will that do it? Just an open ask in the blogosphere and hope that it will be done?)

If an open invitation for volunteerism doesn't work, perhaps the BIA can be brought on as a sponsor.

by solid snake on 6/13/2008 @ 10:47pm
I vote for Andrea's Alien Indy


by liquid snake on 6/13/2008 @ 10:58pm
I think Andrea's entry is beautiful because it has a mysterious flair to it; therefore, I vote for her.

by Courtney on 6/13/2008 @ 11:19pm
This one was too tough. I gotta go with the Sto/Dawn team though.

by Room To Grow on 6/13/2008 @ 11:26pm
Elle 'cos I need a little bit of heaven.

by jcbetty on 6/13/2008 @ 11:51pm
I really want to vote for me so I get at least one vote, but with the a-freaking-mazing entries this week I couldn't do that in good conscience. --And because they were all so a-freaking-mazing, I had to defer to the kid for this vote. I fully expected sunspot (my fave) to be her choice, sep once I explained the site-specitfity/timeliness element of it to her. She was unimpressed. I then expected her eyes to get all glowy by the elle piece, though again, she was left going "meh." Her eyes lit up at the Stowe/Dawn Dames, particularly because she's developed a love for roller skating, herself, but when she saw Andrea's art, she said, whoa mom, that's good. Until she saw RR's piece. She got all excited because she'd just drawn an "ocdpas" today, and it touched her "this is the coolest art ever" bone.

So...RR gets our vote.

by Frinklin on 6/13/2008 @ 11:55pm
Man, this just gets harder every day. Since I'm running out of time to vote, no time for a detailed reason. I go for RR's piece for inventiveness alone.

by ensie on 6/14/2008 @ 12:00am
Gotta be fast! OK - I vote for the Sun Spot!

by ensie on 6/14/2008 @ 12:02am
That was totally a gut instinct since I was running out of time. Although I absolutely loved so many of the pieces, as per usual. The quality of work, as well as the little doodles that are everywhere are wonderful!

I especially loved Pirate Garfield this week.

by Mike H on 6/14/2008 @ 1:04am
Accomplished two goals yesterday. Took care of that virginity thing thats been bugging me and was finally able to materialize my sunspot concept. I'm looking forward to see how others redefine the limits of the park's "concrete canvas".

Can't vote for my piece so...Chihuly/Cthulhu gets the nod. Great concept/execution.

This week was impressive in both the number of artists that turned out to participate and in the overall quality of pieces. Amazing work by all. Good pedestrian crowd as well.

Finally, thanks to Herban Cafe for the tasty brownies.

by NineInchNachos on 6/14/2008 @ 1:18am
that must have been lots of work mike. Nice job sir.

by Erik on 6/14/2008 @ 1:22am
Wow. What a nail biter.

A total of 38 votes cast

Here are the results, counted twice

Stowe and Dawn.....8
RR Anderson..........5
Sun Spot................4.5
Jeremy's Garfield.....4
Adam's Urbanist......1 (Thanks Adam)
Stowe's Son............1

Thus, Andrea was able to defeat and push back the mighty Stowe/Dawn team in Chalk Off Episode X.

She receives

1) $75 Certificate at El Gaucho's restaurant.

2) A prominent role in a feature article in The Tacoma Sun on Frost Park Chalk competitions following an interview by the Tacoma Sun editorial board.

Congratulations Andrea!

(Lupin Goddess Prevailing Over Stowe In Episode V)

Chalking in Episode X

(Lupin Goddess Prevailing over RR In Episode I )



Many of the Frost Park Challengers have fan network, web sites and blogs, especially the ones who have prevailed. They are regularly used to encourage fans to vote for them.

Tonight marks the first contest that Andrea was apparently both willing and able to get her fans at Unstable Art/Deviant Art to get involved:

I could use your help you guys but regardless I encourage you to vote for your favorite!


Yet, Andrea is probably one of the last chalk off challenger who has prevailed in an Episode to have done so.

Dining at El Gaucho

When Andrea prevailed in Episode V, she immediately offered to give away her winning dining certificate, although she later reported she had a good time using it at The Red Hot.

Hopefully, she will consider personally use her winnings as a $75 certificate at El Gaucho's is nothing to sneeze at and might make up for a bloody knuckle or two she suffered.

Lupin's Quest to Decipher Tacoma Illuminate Art

Andrea has told us that

"I'm not from around here, and I've spent most of my time hunkered down in my cave."


Consequently, the challenge now squarely on her shoulders to both locate and decipher the Illuminate art in one of the rooms at El Gaucho could not have been given to a more appropriate Chalk Off Challenger.

Now she has the opportunity to learn about the Lotus of Power in Tacoma in an expedient manner.

She will need her art degree, any knowledge of secret signs, symbols (Masonic), more than ever all while employing all the stealth she can muster under the influence of a martini or two. The Illuminate in Tacoma do not give up their secrets easily.

Here's the picture again:

For more details, see the prize post:


We will all wait in anticipation for a report back from her.

by jamesstoweart on 6/14/2008 @ 9:23am
Congratulations Andrea!

It was a great piece and a well deserved win.

But now we are tied... in the words of Ivan Drago: I must break you.

Seriously though, I had a great time yesterday. Collaborating with another chalkie was a very rewarding experience. Thanks for chalking some dames with me Dawn. I look forward to collaborating with other artists in the future.

by Erik on 6/14/2008 @ 9:28am
Second Place Prize:

Almost forgot:

The victor and second place contestant in Episode X will also receive prominent roles in a feature article in the online magazine The Tacoma Sun on Frost Park Chalk competitions following an interview by the Tacoma Sun editorial board.

The feature will include portions of the interview with the victors and information on the victors' next art show, a selected winning chalk off submission by the victors, and at least one link to their websites.


Congrats Dawn and Stowe!

You both won second place prizes

For marketing purposes Stowe, the second place publicity prize should "dovetail" nicely with your modeling contract/prize for Episode IX.

by dawntown on 6/14/2008 @ 9:43am
Nice work, Lupine!

It was freakin' awesome to work with the mighty gorilla illustrator, Stowe...well, outside of work. I'd like to see other's team up to do the same! Remember, you get to use 2 squares, if you partner up.

Here are my Chalk-Off dream team picks:
Lupine and RR
Elle and Lance
Stowe and Jeremy
Izen and Monolux
Me and Ariel
JCBetty and Adam

Lets see what happens next week...

by tacomachickadee on 6/14/2008 @ 10:52am
I like your idea Dawn!

Pics of Dawn & Stowe at work:

by jenyum on 6/14/2008 @ 12:16pm
One of these weeks we should throw in some reality show style drama and have competitors draw partners out of a hat.

by Erik on 6/14/2008 @ 12:35pm
Nice pictures tacomachickadee. Below is a picture taken nearly at the same time.

It was an interesting spontaneous crowd dynamic yesterday near the end of the chalking hour as Dawn, Andrea and Stowe were finishing up. A slew of people quietly gathered at the bottom of the hill to watch the final chalking blows:

by ALT on 6/14/2008 @ 12:54pm
Thank you everyone for your votes! This was an especially challenging Chalk Challenge, to say the least. Incredibly strong entries and innovate use of surroundings. My husband really enjoyed The Red Hot; Now if El Gauchos also plays Ninja Warrior - and on big screen tv's - he might be inclined to come out and socialize more often! ;)

Thank you Stowe! Going up against you and The Dawn has proven time and again to be no easy task. It's an honor that the 13th Crystal Skull prevailed (yes, that was my Friday the 13th reference).
Powerful entries this week - It was a close one.

Regardless, I think there is going to be a need for some mid week washings.
Agreed. I volunteer to scrub down my canvas in preparation for next week's submissions; I think it will take a bit more than Tacoma weather to neutralize my massive Black Attack. I can take care of it Wednesday no problem if there'll be a bucket available.

Thank you Adam and Stowe for your inspiration! And thank you Mr. Spielberg. :)

by Wings_of_Change on 6/14/2008 @ 4:37pm
I would love to work with you, Dawn! e-mail me at chickybluesky87@yahoo.com :)

And Congrats andrea!! It was a great piece.

by Arienne-Keith on 6/16/2008 @ 2:40am
Is it too late for me to vote? bah. I'll post anyway.

I vote for Andrea because the use of black just makes the artwork look like something that you wouldn't believe was just a sidewalk chalk drawing. It looks freaking amazing.

by Erik on 6/18/2008 @ 2:51pm
Andrea has picked up her $75 certificate from El Gaucho for prevailing in Episode X.


I recommend the Bananas Foster:


by Erik on 6/18/2008 @ 8:35pm
Here's the sponsorship full circle.

State Treasury candidate Jim McIntire holding up the winning Frost Park Chalk Off submission for which he was a sponsor for in Episode X at his fund raiser at The Hub.

We need more politicians involved in local events, more specifically, to host more Frost Park Chalk Off Episodes. Better than media buys using billboards.

by herban on 6/19/2008 @ 1:34pm
I am amazed at how these chalk offs have taken off! WOW!
And to think this part of Tacoma was almost fenced off. GOOD FOR YOU TACOMA!! way to make the city notice that we are enthusiastic about where we live! I love the pictures and the raw talent that is out there. If anyone is interested in painting a mural for 6th Ave. let me know!
And you're welcome for the brownies, it's the least I can do.
See you tomorrow!

by ALT on 6/19/2008 @ 4:26pm
Hey thanks again for the brownies, Gretchen! I needed that little energy boost. I'll likely be participating in 6th Ave's Art on the Ave - glad to hear there's still a little room!

Ha! Erik that photo you posted is too cool. Adam Jones is making the rounds. Gah - I would've scrubbed him off the concrete Wednesday if I didn't have to get back and do the poster and banner. I instead decided to get down there late morning this Friday to do the cleaning. Thanks for taking care of it anyway, you guys!

-Even though I look like a slacker now ;P