Tacoma Urbanist

May. 29, 2009 at 1:14am

Frost Park Chalkies Battle for $88 in Prizes Today

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

THE PRIZE FOR THE CHALKIE VICTOR : 4 Tickets to the Buddy Holly Story: a value of $88.

Sponsor: Tacoma Little Theater

Without further delay, here is the weekly inspirational message from Frost Park Chalk Off founder RR Anderson:

The Identified Phases of  CHALK BURNOUT:

  • A compulsion to prove oneself
  • Working harder
  • Neglecting ones own needs
  • Displacement of conflict (do not realize the root cause of distress)
  • Revision of values (friends, family, hobbies, etc., are dismissed)
  • Denial of emerging problems (cynicism, aggression, and frustration become apparent)
  • Withdrawal from social contexts, potential for alcohol or drug abuse
  • Behavioral changes become more visible to others
  • Inner emptiness
  • Depression
  • Burnout syndrome (including suicidal thoughts and complete mental and physical collapse)
You may be flirting with CHALK Burnout if:

  • Every day is a bad day
  • You are no longer emotionally invested in your job or the work youre doing
  • You feel unappreciated or do not feel like youre making a difference in your job
  • There is a clear disconnect between your personal values and what is expected of you
  • Self-defined goals or those imposed on you are unrealistic or unreasonable
  • A significant amount of your day is focused on tasks that are not fulfilling on a personal or emotional level
~ Scott Boms


Friday, MAY 29
12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

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

THIS WEEK'S WINNER'S THEME: THE C.L.A.W. (to the glory of the cartoonist's league of absurd washingtonians)

Corporate Sponsorship

this weeks episode is made possible by TACOMA LITTLE THEATER with Four (4) tickets, with an $88.00 value, to THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY -- a musical celebration of the airplane crash that killed the first lead singer of WEEZER. Starring feed Tacoma's own KEVIN FREITAS dressed up like a BEARDLESS MAN CHILD!    

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


Prize: Breakfast for 4 Coupon
Sponsor: Puget Sound Pizza

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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 [52]  |  posted under Tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 5/29/2009 @ 7:26am
Haha, beardless man child. Sounds like something Stowe might sketch as a alt reality portrait. Please don't. The beard will return, I guarantee it, after the show's done running.

by Joel 413 on 5/29/2009 @ 9:15am
If one is usually bearded would his parallel universe twin be clean shaven?

by Erik on 5/29/2009 @ 10:01am
Looks like another sunny day for chalking.

by Joel 413 on 5/29/2009 @ 10:48am
Yes, yes it does!!!


by KevinFreitas on 5/29/2009 @ 1:46pm
Here are my pics of today's entries!

by unknown

by Joel

by Ben

by Ryan

by Claw (RR Anderson, Stowe, Mark Monlux and Electric Elliot)

by Thorax O'Tool

by Dawn

by Jose

by Corey, Alana, Fran and Jen

by Dave L

by Adam the Alien

Great work everyone and welcome to newcomers the Biodiversity ladies, Ben, Ryan and more. Cheers!

by Libby on 5/29/2009 @ 1:58pm
Tough decision --- biodiversity is such a precious precious thing... pulls on my heartstrings. And I do love me a fez, I have to admit. But ultimately... the egg is perfection, and, really, where would we be without them? That sidewalk must have been hot. Ben gets my vote from sunny Sacramento where the eggs are cooked BEFORE they hit the sidewalk.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/29/2009 @ 2:09pm
Awww... didnt get a picture of mine? oh well, I think Vince has one...

by tacomachickadee on 5/29/2009 @ 2:10pm
I vote for Ben's egg..

by ElectricElliot on 5/29/2009 @ 2:11pm
Whomever gets the most votes, CLAW wins!


by Joel 413 on 5/29/2009 @ 2:33pm
Kevin's got the entries covered, so I'm not going to post mine individually, but you can see them here.

Frost Park Season 2 Episode 9

Hrm.. voting this week's gonna be tough, lots of new stuff. Awesome Egg, awseome collaborative effort on the part of the CLAW boys. Does anyone have contact info for Ben should he win?

But I'm going selfish this week and VOTE for Joel... that is myself. I rocked that Fez.

Joel 413

by KevinFreitas on 5/29/2009 @ 2:43pm
@Wings: You weren't done by the time I took off. Plus, you weren't really in the running being that much over time. ;) Rulez is rulez -- even for pregnant ladies.

Oh, and serious props to Joel for his nod to Buddy Holly putting the thick glasses rim around the eye on that fez. Seriously good work!

by AngelaJossy on 5/29/2009 @ 2:45pm
Who did the castle and dragon one?

by Dave_L on 5/29/2009 @ 2:53pm
Gotta chime in with an apology to Adam who was downwind of my powdered chalk. And Elizabeth recovered some chalk that rolled down the hill (probably mine) that she thoughtfully grabbed to help prevent Erik from having to defend us against a P.I. claim.
I brought an analog clock to help gauge time (something that’s hard for me to do), but perhaps one of the tinkerers among us could make some kind of analog 1-hour Frost Park countdown clock. Perhaps with mechanical Black-Forest-type chalking automata cuckoo characters. Just sayin.

by Joel 413 on 5/29/2009 @ 2:57pm
@Angela - The dragon and castle are apart of one large piece including the A and the anchor that together spell the word C-L-A-W done by the 4 Founding members of the secret society (EE/RR/MM/Stowe)

by Mandiferous on 5/29/2009 @ 2:58pm
I vote for the CLAW (and think they should have to wear their fez and go to dinner first and make a real "date night" out of it).

by Wings_of_Change on 5/29/2009 @ 3:09pm
yeah, I think a timer is needed. I didn't think I was that far over time. at least no more than has been allowed in the past...

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2009 @ 3:10pm
I'll post my wide angle pics later tonight.
It was nice to see so much girl power today at frost park. what a magnificent day! My child was cooked.

by Dave_L on 5/29/2009 @ 3:21pm
So if the CALW founding fathers piece one piece, or four separate ones. Voting-wise, I mean. It's awesome.

by MarkMonlux on 5/29/2009 @ 3:21pm
I took a lot of photos of people at today's Chalk Challenge. Please, oh please go to my Flickr Photostream and in the comments add your name. That way you can help me put names to faces and such. Or, you can just check out the fun.


A fez wearing contingent at the theater would be great PR! So, as much as I love, LOVE, the egg. I'm going to vote for the CLAW!

by Erik Hanberg on 5/29/2009 @ 3:24pm
I'd like to vote for the 4-piece CLAW set. Assuming that we agree it's a single piece and not 4 separate entries.

by Darkain on 5/29/2009 @ 3:31pm
Mine are now up!


by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2009 @ 3:40pm
yo Darkain that pic of Dave L is outa this world!

by izenmania on 5/29/2009 @ 3:40pm
I agree that the CLAW piece is a single unit, and vote for it.

Also, Darkain's picture of Adam's piece is kind of absurdly awesome.

by Dave_L on 5/29/2009 @ 3:47pm
In the bright sunlight couldn't see it that well on your camera display, but I was wondering what you two were working so hard to capture, Darkain - It sounded like you were up to something! Cool effect! And I was discussing with Dawn ealier about the great colors (and darkness) and saturation you get. Things look so good in everyone's photography.

by mktacoma on 5/29/2009 @ 4:09pm
If the CLAW piece is one set, I'm totally behind it too. If they're individual pieces, there's something about Dawn's that says awesome to me so I'd vote her way.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/29/2009 @ 4:19pm
adams piece looks awesome!!!! wow!

by Adam the Alien on 5/29/2009 @ 4:30pm
1) Damn it, Kevin, you broke the thread! You, of all people, should know better! :-P

Now we all have to do serious side-scrolling to read everything. :-(

2) If you picked up a random phone, please contact me or say something in this thread so that I can contact you. My phone is missing, and the last place I saw it was at Frost Park, while I was drawing.

3) I am going to VOTE for the piece by newcomers Corey, Alana, Fran and Jen - wonderful first entry!

by Erik on 5/29/2009 @ 4:36pm
Nice work on the CLAW piece. One of the best entries at Frost Park ever. So good in fact, it almost beats the submission by Dave L

But not quite so I submit vote for Dave L.'s work.

by jenyum on 5/29/2009 @ 4:39pm
It's kind of unfair to have that much talent on one team, but I gotta vote for CLAW.

by Dave_L on 5/29/2009 @ 4:55pm
You're too kind, Erik. Or crazy. But thanks for the encouragement and trying to get me out there. But each piece of my disjointed sketch is a total half-fast rip-off of another artist's work, which only a few people will identify and catch the common thread. But it's been on my mind this week, timely and sort of local. I'm going to reserve my vote until later, and if it looks as if the ringer CLAW team is running away with it, I'll pick one of the other interesting ones. It's great how a simple egg could give CLAW a run for the money.
A shout out to Andrea, who somehow still managed ensure someone drew a wolf-like creature this week, haha.
One verse from Seattle's Uncle Bonsai, "Send my Body Home" for Andrea:
I don't like the Dakotas / 'Cause there aren't any people / An occasional oasis / And some stupid tourist traps / And though I kind of liked the sunsets / I could tell that they were always the same....

by amocat on 5/29/2009 @ 5:09pm
I vote for the EGG!

by droid116 on 5/29/2009 @ 5:37pm
I love the egg.

The claw is almost unfair and sets new precedent.

However, I am compelled to vote for the piece as a whole.

One vote for C L A W

If not taken as one I will shift my vote to egg

by Courtney on 5/29/2009 @ 5:45pm
I vote for CLAW but as many others have already said ...that egg is awesome!

by jamesstoweart on 5/29/2009 @ 5:56pm
Okay, I am ending the debate right now. The C and the L and the A and the (magnificently rendered) W (that in all right SHOULD be judged by itself and walk off with a solid solo win cause it is just that phenomenal) are one piece made by the collective chalk wielding might that is the CLAW. We in the CLAW are unified in our legendary chalkawesomeness. We would not dream of breaking up the band for the sake of solo votes (regardless of how obvious it is that the W is so clearly ready for a solo career and the other letters are just jealous and envious of his rock talent).


I do.

by Adam the Alien on 5/29/2009 @ 6:22pm
Amending my last post...

If you found a cell phone and took it with you, please contact me at my home number.

The number is listed on the phone under "Home (Tacoma)".

If the phone has run out of batteries before you do this, or you can't figure it out, worry not.

My home phone is also listed on my Facebook profile's "info" tab.

It is the "Other" number listed below the mobile number.

It is likely not viewable to you if you are not my friend.

Most people here are, and could supply you with the number.

If all else fails, send an e-mail to me at adamthealien@gmail.com.

As I do not presently have a functional computer at home, home phone is preferable.

I can, however, check e-mail from work. So e-mailing me will still get to me.

Thank you.

We now resume with your regularly scheduled voting. At a glance, I think C.L.A.W. may be winning.

by Joel 413 on 5/29/2009 @ 7:40pm
There's a lot of second guessing in some of the votes. I will attempt to count fairly, but now that it has been clarified that C-L-A-W is one entry, if those people who were on the fence depending on the oneness of that piece want to re-vote with a very clear I VOTE EGG or I VOTE CLAW, it would make my counting less subjective :D

Daaaaaannnk-yooooo. (... mooolteepahhhsss)

by Dave_L on 5/29/2009 @ 7:42pm
Adam, I think I remember seeing your phone at the end of the hour. Please check your email and see if that's where you remember it was...
(Or someone please contact Adam and tell him to check his email.)

Ah, shoot. I'm sorry Adam. That sux. You've have a lot of misfortune with your electronic gear while doing what you like to do.

by Adam the Alien on 5/29/2009 @ 7:46pm
Checked. Thanks for the info, Dave, but that's exactly where I'm certain I left it...

...and, sadly, that's exactly where it definitely was not when I went back to the park to look for it.

by Twisty on 5/29/2009 @ 8:31pm
I'm casting a vote (my first of '09) for Ben's egg.

Why? Because it's sunny side up, just the way I like 'em. (A piece of wheat toast and some hash browns to go with it would have been nice, though.)

Darkain's photography ROCKS, btw.

by ensie on 5/29/2009 @ 9:37pm
Egg vote!

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2009 @ 10:40pm
to the creator of the egg. Now is the time to email everyone on your contact list telling them to come here and vote for your egg. It's the only way to defeat the all powerful CLAW!!!!!

I vote for my "L"

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2009 @ 10:43pm
I'm also worried about Adam the Alien. seems like his chalk entries just get darker and darker. Like he's wrestling with a lot of internal demons. Like jackson pollock

by ALT on 5/29/2009 @ 11:53pm
I'll say this about the homestead: I can't think of any other place where one can take a quiet, moonlit stroll down a stretch of highway.

.....In a bathrobe and socks.

Yes, I was delighted to see a wolf made an appearance at today's Chalk Challenge, even if my plane didn't touch down in Seattle until 7:45 tonight!

Beautiful stuff, everyone. The CLAW drew forth (pun fun!) an intimidating and impressive example of artistic collaboration. I also like Dawn's piece - the road sign strikes again!

In the end I must vote for Ben's fried egg. Damn - how hot was it today? :D

by Wings_of_Change on 5/29/2009 @ 11:59pm
Im gonna vote for the egg. it just rocks.

by Erik on 5/30/2009 @ 1:47am
I will attempt to count fairly, but now that it has been clarified that C-L-A-W is one entry

The burden is heavy Joel! But we have faith in you.

yo Darkain that pic of Dave L is outa this world!

Agreed. One of the best pictures ever taken at Frost Park which shows off Dave L's chalking concentration. The picture also shows Darkain's UA friend from Montana.

by NineInchNachos on 5/30/2009 @ 7:57am
beautiful job to everyone this episode. You folks make me proud.

by Joel 413 on 5/30/2009 @ 8:59am
Wow, what a knockdown drag out fight this week. Is it Egg or is it CLAW... Let's go to the tote board for the results.

Receiving one (1) vote each were: Joel, Fabulous Force-um, Dave, and RR

In the main event for all the tickets:
CLAW (10) v Ben's Egg (7)

Awseome Ben, nice work, we hope you will come out again and take down teh mighty force that is CLAW, but this week the spoils go to the Juggernaught of the stacked CLAW team.

Congrats CLAW!

by KevinFreitas on 5/30/2009 @ 9:46am
Great work everyone! I neglected to get my vote in but was really impressed all around. So can I expect a CLAW contingent at the Buddy Holly Story sometime? Let me know when you want to hit the show and I'll let the box office know. You guys just show up and you'll be golden!

by Erik on 5/30/2009 @ 10:57am
Let me know when you want to hit the show and I'll let the box office know.

Cool. CLAW goes to the theater.

by ALT on 5/30/2009 @ 10:58am
Wow that was a close one! A valiant effort from Ben's army of one against the legion of clawed cartoonists.

by Erik on 5/30/2009 @ 9:00pm

Chris Van Vecten, candidate for Tacoma School Board Position 2 will sponsor the next Frost Park Chalk Off Season II, Episode X.


by Dave_L on 5/31/2009 @ 3:49pm
....CLAW goes to the theater....
Might be kinda like:
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