Tacoma Urbanist

Sep. 18, 2009 at 12:01am

Come See Real Tacoma Artists In Downtown Tacoma Compete in Chalk at Frost Park: Dremel Tool Offered as Prize

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

What is the Condition of Tacoma's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem? 

  • What helps and what hurts our ability to create new companies here?
  • Do we have the talent here to staff our companies as they grow?
  • Do things like B&O tax rates and Americas Most Wired City actually matter?
  • Is there meaningful synergy in the existing business culture?
  • Can we leverage our local universities more effectively?
  • What one thing could City/County/Community leaders do to make things more attractive for new companies?
  • If tech companies cant find employees, why do so many Tacoma programmers work in Seattle?
  • Insert Your Question Here ON FROST PARK!

~ a cesspool of liberal freethinkers, on the blog-o-sphere    


Friday, September 18 

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 THE TACOMIC BOOK, TACOMA'S ONLY COLLECTION OF HYPER-LOCAL POLITICAL CARTOONS coming soon in 2010. This week's chalk champion will win a realistic, two-speed DREMEL TOOL, complete with adjustment wrench. Oh yeah, and it is HAUNTED!!!!!!  IMAGINE all that amazing scrimshaw you can finally do.  Hell you could scrimshaw Harriet Tubman on a SPERM WHALE TOOTH, WHATEVER!   

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Prize: Enchanted Skull Cap
Sponsor: Mark Monlux's Mystery Wife

see photos:

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

Voting For A Winner

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

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

Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Roommates, spouses, significant others, friends and acquaintances may have their vote counted with their own Feed Tacoma avatar. Votes will be accepted until midnight on Friday after which the winner will be declared.  Votes will be accepted starting at 1:00 p.m.

For more information see:

Become a Fan of Frost Park on Facebook

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scoreboard

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

Post Your Photos

Please post your photos from this week's competition from Frost Park below for Tacomans to see and from which to select their favorite.

comments [49]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 9/17/2009 @ 10:03pm
Sorry I can't be there today. Hopefully, there will be plenty of photographers though.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 6:52am
Camera = charging.

Awesome = brewing.

See ya there!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 6:53am
That mash-up image is singly the most radical thing I have ever seen!

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 8:00am
Got a photo of Brian chalking away this morning. Was able to hand him his haunted tap+die set prize from couple weeks back. I have Thorax's Mark Monlux Wife hat prize, too.

should be a good chalk day.

by MarkMonlux on 9/18/2009 @ 9:34am
I have a deadline I'm working on today and might not be able to attend. In case I don't show up, the rest of you carry on and have fun without me. I insist.

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 10:04am
Got a photo of Brian chalking away this morning.

We might have to consider "bending the rulz" one day for chalkers who chalk before noon and leave their artwork there for others to see later.

That mash-up image is singly the most radical thing I have ever seen!

Yeah. Great work. A classic.

by Adam the Alien on 9/18/2009 @ 10:58am
We might have to consider "bending the rulz" one day for chalkers who chalk before noon and leave their artwork there for others to see later.

The precedent already exists, actually. As of last year: we've done it for Lance, who has, in the past, had to leave early or as people are just arriving, but showed up early and chalked.

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 11:24am
The precedent already exists, actually. As of last year: we've done it for Lance, who has, in the past, had to leave early or as people are just arriving, but showed up early and chalked.

There you go.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 11:36am
I say that to make a pre-chalking chalking legal, we need two photos from the pre-chalker. One photo with like their watch or cell phone against the blank cement to show starting time and a second one of said time-keeping devices against the finished piece, to confirm the 60 minute limit has not been massively overshot.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 1:08pm
A few new folks. I'll be posting my photos later tonight. Excited to show off the topless mermaid.

by MarkMonlux on 9/18/2009 @ 1:33pm
I say we need to enforce the rules that we have. Otherwise the Chalk Challenge becomes the Let's Go Chalk With Barnie Because Everyone Gets A Prize Show.

As I see it the rules are:

1. The event starts at noon.
2. The events ends at noon.
3. What you can get accomplished in the 60 minutes is what is voted on.
4. You need to have an Avitar on Feed Tacoma to vote.
5. You need to state clearly "I vote for ______." in your post.
6. Posting must occur before Midnight.
7. In the event of a tie, the sponsor decides.
8. The medium of choice is chalk (and the occasional glitter). In short it has to wash away with rain, not constitute a hazard, not stain or cause damage. Some might say glitter does all those things but that I think can be debated.

Now here are few recommended thing to do:

a. Bring chalk

b. Bring kneepads.
Honestly people your killing your knees.

c. Bring gloves.
Many of bloody fingernail has been scraped in the name of art.

d.Set your alarm clock.
Don't complain to everyone that you when you forgot, overslept, missed the bus, or got there with only five minutes left to work. You're not ten anymore and are perfectly capable of getting yourself to places on time. So, for the love of mike remember to set your clock. You know who you are people, Adam.

e. Bring a spray bottle to mist overly dry surfaces or to bind your chalk to sidewalk on windy days.

f. Mention your wife.
Sure, nobody has at Frost Park has ever seen her. But, that's not your problem. She exists. She loves you. She thinks your the cat's meow and consoles you when everybody is voting for the unicorn farting rainbows because they think its 'cute'. She's not just a figment of your imagination. Honest.

And 'no' I'm not cranky because I missed all the fun today.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 1:41pm
somebody write that down! Mark Monlux FTW!

by Zanna on 9/18/2009 @ 2:05pm
Did anyone notice?

1. The event starts at noon.
2. The events ends at noon
3. What you can get accomplished in the 60 minutes is what is voted on.

The 2nd point should be 1pm :)

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 2:09pm
Nice work on the evolving rulz Monlux.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 2:48pm
Click on the image to see a bigger version!


Unknown (to me)


Adam the Alien

Thorax O'Tool

In true, predictable fashion, I vote for myself.

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 2:49pm
Interesting. However, Stowe's entry does not show up.

I believe this is Stowe's entry if I found the right code:

by daydreamer on 9/18/2009 @ 2:56pm
I vote for Thorax. The butterflies are nice...Springtime in feel.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 3:04pm

by Zanna on 9/18/2009 @ 3:13pm
I want to paint butterflies like that on my wall - Maybe I can add it to my "honey-to-do list"

I still have to vote for for Thorax though, (where's is the water?)

by AnagramPress on 9/18/2009 @ 4:58pm
Umm....dumb question...how do you post photos here? I've got one of my chalk drawing, and thought I'd share.

(Mah first Chalk Challenge, Pa!)

by KevinFreitas on 9/18/2009 @ 5:34pm
I vote Stowe! Glad to see him
back even though I couldn't make it.

@anagram: easiest way for now is to upload your pic to Flickr or somewhere then copy the share/embed code they give you into these comment boxes. Soon I shall re-enable inserting photos straight from here. Stay tuned....

by AnagramPress on 9/18/2009 @ 5:45pm
Okay, let's try it (I'm intertubes-challenged, so bear with me):

For your consideration: the Luzon's Ascension (the end is nigh)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/18/2009 @ 6:11pm
I vote for the AnagramPress Luzon's Ascension. I really want that on a poster.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 7:42pm
Adam the Alien does Stowe

adam the alien draws stowe

Art Saves Thorax O'Tool

Mr. O'Tool spent an inordinate amount of time on the bosom of this Mermaid.

Mark Vinsel

My stepdad visiting from Juneau Alaska (he's worked with Sarah Palin)

Stowe's Butter Flies

Stowe's Butterflies explode out of the boundary of frost park

RR's Russell "Smell You Later" Tacoma

Russell Revisited by RR

Anagram Press

Special visit from Anagram Press. It is fun to see the letterpress folks out representing!


Raul? It's hard to tell but he is holding a garbage pail kid card as reference.

Thorax O' Tool Fans

Chalk Art groupies.

Able Remodeling Inc.

Brian's advertisement. (he was working on this baby at 7:45 am!)

by MarkMonlux on 9/18/2009 @ 7:45pm
I vote for the Butterflies.

And pardon my typo on #2. I meant to say 1:00 not noon. Oopsie.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 8:02pm
with respect to voting we should also mention that

- people can change their votes too up till midnight.

- calling upon friends and family to vote for you as a "voting zombie army" block is perfectly OK.

- you can try and sabotage other people's chalk entries with harsh art critiques in the comment thread.

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 8:09pm
I vote for Stowe's butterflies.

by jamesstoweart on 9/18/2009 @ 8:09pm
Wow, I have to vote for Anagram Press.

That is beautiful.

Also, it felt real good to be back. It was a great day for chalking butterflies with my wife and daughter.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 8:12pm
Thorax (aka Larry) looks pretty stylin' in Mark Monlux Wife's enchanted cap.

by AngelaJossy on 9/18/2009 @ 8:33pm
I vote for Anagram Press and the ode to the Luxon. What a shame no one can save that old gem.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 9/18/2009 @ 8:41pm
I VOTE for Anagram Press. FAB work!

by kathy on 9/18/2009 @ 8:49pm
I vote Anagram Press.

(Loved your butterflies too Stowe!)

by itsbooyer on 9/18/2009 @ 9:09pm
Gotta be Anagram. Great job everyone :)

by jenyum on 9/18/2009 @ 9:10pm
I vote for Anagram Press although Stowe totally had my vote until I saw their entry.

by Bjr on 9/18/2009 @ 9:13pm
Tough choice today I vote for Anagram Press . I will take myself out of the comp today I went over the time limit today . I like the thought of the rules being tweaked a little bit . I,m just here to chalk and draw for my friends and family and my boss too . Im thankfulll to have my job back. Just getting my Ideas out of my head on the sidewalk and walls online makes me wish there was more fridays.I got more planed out weeks to come . Yes I will be around drawing at odd times drawing atnight is the best untill you cant see what colors you are using. Im good with the one hour deal . Maybe sometime have extended chalk off . Untill that day just keep on chalk -n Thats my 3 cents Brian

by kiru13 on 9/18/2009 @ 9:16pm
I vote adam the alien, but I think the others are good, too :)!

by Erik Hanberg on 9/18/2009 @ 9:17pm
I'd like to cast my vote for Arrange Spasm.

Wait, no, for Manager Spars. ... Pagans Rearms?

by ixia on 9/18/2009 @ 9:20pm
Anagram Press has my vote. Just like Crenshaw said: I'd want that on a poster! I must say RR's Russell Building looks mighty fine next to the space needle. Perhaps they can take it along when they head out!

by crockawaddy on 9/18/2009 @ 9:30pm
But, I liked the concept of the chalk-off happening in the infinite space between the first and last click of noon -or maybe ending tomorrow at noon. Either way would produce some interesting art.

I vote for the alien that is an adam only so he might explain WTF he was drawing....

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 9:34pm
Interesting thought... I propose a FPCO special edition where we show up on like a Saturday at like 11 and chalk until we fill the entire sidewalk... no time limit. Imagine what we could produce!

by Bjr on 9/18/2009 @ 10:16pm
I second that too Thorax I will chalk till there is no chalk or sidewalk to chalk or till fingers bleed chalk just run out of sidewalk I will chalk 9th street put in a chalk lane . Brian

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 10:22pm
DUDE! A chalk lane! That is a fsking sweet idea!

by demgal88 on 9/18/2009 @ 10:24pm
This week I am in morning for the Luzon. Having to choose between RR and Anagram Press's I will go with Anagram Press. Still and all- props to the artist who made the mermaid!

by Bjr on 9/18/2009 @ 10:30pm
Just think what we could do sinkholes fix trafic road signs dip ahead damm I never rest now . Brian

by petite nenette on 9/18/2009 @ 10:48pm
I vote for Anagram Press (and Erik Hanberg, your witty wordplay was wondrous, lol)...what a debut!
Farewell, sweet slightly-leaning Luzon: your lonesome loveliness shall be sorely missed...
Stowe's flutterbys were a smiling moment as well, loved the movement there!
So much talent and such big hearts in this group; you make me glad that I moved back to the town of the T.

by TacomaGnome on 9/18/2009 @ 11:07pm
I vote for amagram press.

A fitting tribut to the building that greeted 13 thousands upon 13 thousands of traveler as they arrived on the Greyhound bus.

Good work.

by KevinFreitas on 9/19/2009 @ 8:32am
Here is the count for this week...

Anagram: 13
Thorax: 3
Stowe: 3
Adam: 2

Congrats to AnagramPress for their debut and win!

by Erik on 9/19/2009 @ 9:21am
Congratulations Anagram for a great angelic piece.

by AnagramPress on 9/19/2009 @ 9:58am
Thanks, everybody! Here's to chalkin' the potholes.