Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 26, 2009 at 12:01am

Frost Park Chalkies Battle for Multiple Mystery Prizes

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


A Venturesome Minority...

will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt,  stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches--that is the right and privilege of any free AMERICAN.  

~ Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire 1968


Friday, JUNE 26 
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 a charitable JOINT VENTURE between EMERALD'S QUEEN CASINO AFTER-TASTE OF TACOMA and the  TACOMA CHAMBER OF eCOMMERCE to bring you a non-pirated edition of THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR.  COMPLETE SERIES DVD collection. an important piece of Tacoma history.  Did you know all 14 episodes were filmed right here in t-town?  It's true.    

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


last weeks BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE winner: Joel! 
Prize: Free Puget Sound Pizza

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 [46]  |  posted under Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 6/25/2009 @ 9:23pm
wow is PSP sponsoring us AGAIN?? if so I can throw in a complete set of Brisco County JR dvds to the pot.

by NineInchNachos on 6/25/2009 @ 9:24pm
Also at the CLAW meeting The current GREATEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE picked 'man boobs' as this weeks theme. Is that his final decision?

by Erik on 6/25/2009 @ 11:52pm
Check out this week's image:

by Erik on 6/26/2009 @ 12:03am
wow is PSP sponsoring us AGAIN??

That was last week.

by KevinFreitas on 6/26/2009 @ 10:59am
What a beautiful day -- see everyone at Frost Park!

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/26/2009 @ 11:29am
A hint as to what I'll Draw:

Give 'em the finger!

by KevinFreitas on 6/26/2009 @ 1:44pm
Here are my pics of today's entries:

by Joel and Family

by Joel

adapted from previous week by Joel

by Mark Monlux

by unknown 1

by RR Anderson

by Brian Bartlebaugh

by Electric Elliot

by Thorax O'Tool

by unknown 2

by FEE(?)

by unknown 3

by Dave_L on 6/26/2009 @ 1:51pm
Ha - I like the Dali melting clock on the step. Great idea!
(Just sayin' - This isn't a vote yet)

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 2:02pm
Adam Botsford's M.Jackson Tribute

Mr. Botsford renders a moving tribute to Micheal Jackson. I got a little misty eyed actually. This is quite lovely. Nice work sir!

Electric Elliot's Fountain Gator

Quick somebody fill his tank before he gets real unhappy! For Godsakes Fix Frost Park Fountain!

RR's Ian Demsky News Tribue Tribute

Ian Demsky of the Tacoma News Tribune is leaving us. No more pointed city council coverage... no more Traveller news. Data driven reporting is now dead at TNT.

Tacoma Pride

Show some Tacoma Pride!

Joel's M.Jackson Tribute


Melting Chalk Clock

SURREAL Family fun out at Frost Park.

9th & Tacoma Inmate

A political statement!

Mark Monlux: Neda murdered in Iran in the shadow of a US Flag

A HEAVY political statement. Nice work Mark Monlux! Sexy young women should not be killed. Not in IRAN; not anywhere.

Thorax O'Tool: All you need is GLOVE

Thorax feeling the retro beatles love glove.

Chalk Skull Artist

A mysterious artist reminds us of our human mortality. So true. Carpe diem!

by Mandiferous on 6/26/2009 @ 2:10pm
I vote for Unknown #2's tribute to Thriller. That is one of my favorite songs. Ever. Some day, I will learn the dance.

by daydreamer on 6/26/2009 @ 2:22pm
voting for Thorax

by kaotix on 6/26/2009 @ 2:38pm
Shout out to FEE! Thanks for the support!
And Nice work of the skull. Did we get a name of that person?
My vote goes to Thorax.

-Adam (aka: unknown 2)

by kaotix on 6/26/2009 @ 2:38pm
oh and thanks Mandiferous

by ElectricElliot on 6/26/2009 @ 3:10pm
Damn, tough vote this week. Classic Frost Park action!

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 3:25pm
Ian Demsky

Ian Demsky, fallen TNT reporter poses with Ian Demsky Chalk tribute...


by Mark Monlux on 6/26/2009 @ 3:32pm
Here is a few more that were missed.
Frost Park Chalk Challenge 2009 06 26
Blatant Ad
Frost Park Chalk Challenge 2009 06 26
See the Icons along the small wall.
Frost Park Chalk Challenge 2009 06 26
Eric sitting atop his Robot drawing.

by Darkain on 6/26/2009 @ 3:33pm

by KevinFreitas on 6/26/2009 @ 3:56pm
@kaotix: The skull was Troy's but he wasn't done by the time the official end of competition at 1pm. Have other pics I'll post later as well. Thanks for getting those other ones in there too Mark!

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 4:12pm
Hi Mark,
The dude with the camera is Derek Tong.. our cartoonist friend in the army and CLAW open swim visitor!


by Mark Monlux on 6/26/2009 @ 4:32pm
Derek? Not Eric? Oops. Well, I almost got it right. Thank for the correction RR.

I took photos of a lot of folks who attended this week. See if you were caught in the lens at

My motivation behind the chalk art I drew this week was a friend who lives with her family in Tehran. For weeks before the election she was writing to me about how excited she and her boys were about the election. They were enjoying the political debate of issues, and their anticipation of the election was very high. Her shock of the events that followed was almost equaled to the shock of how other countries had such a skewed perception of what was going on. The photos and videos she sent me were horrifying. None more so of the innocent protester whose name was yelled from the rooftops at night during the protests.

I didn't want the event my friend is still in the midst off to be forgotten like so much trendy media fodder. Yes, Michael Jackson died, and Farrah Fawcett, and one of the greatest sidekicks ever, and I'm not talking about David Carradine here. But, I don't think those stories should swallow up the hours of media coverage that can be used to actually inform the world about ongoing changes that have long lasting effects.

Well that my rant this week. My spleen is vented. I hope it wasn't too icky.

This week I vote for Neda.

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 4:42pm
Exellent work today Mr. Monlux.

by KevinFreitas on 6/26/2009 @ 4:45pm
Well Mark, you convinced me. As interesting as the department Michael Jackson and Ian Demsky are I gotta agree 100% with you media-related rant. I vote Mark Monlux.

Big shout out to newbie Brian though -- that's some seriously quality chalking!

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 4:56pm
Don't dismiss the MJ tributes so quickly... they contain valuable social messages about prescription drug abuse, mental illness and the evils of plastic surgery. ..

I'll need to think about my vote though.

by Warren on 6/26/2009 @ 4:59pm
I vote Mark Monlux also. Very important issue that we as Americans are too apt to move back to a self centered perspective the instant the media signals us to.

And I say this even though I have a personal acquaintance who is practically a member of the Jackson Family. She is now back in LA to be with them.

by Erik on 6/26/2009 @ 6:10pm
Nice strong political pieces. Nice work!

by Erik on 6/26/2009 @ 6:24pm
BTW, I vote for Monlux. Intense political piece Mark. Great to see at Frost Park.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/26/2009 @ 7:08pm
As is to be expected, I vote for me.

As cool as Mark's is, I am so burned out on politics.

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 8:47pm
Frost Park just isn't the same without Adam the Alien :(

We picked up a lot of new faces today though.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 6/26/2009 @ 9:21pm
I vote for Unknown 2. WOW! Fab chalking!

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 9:34pm

she was too pretty to die.

by ElectricElliot on 6/26/2009 @ 9:41pm
Bahh, so many great entries!!!!!!

I'm going to vote for new blood and the brilliant coloring of Brian Bartlebaugh and kids.

by FunkomaVintage on 6/26/2009 @ 9:45pm
my dog Tigger pooped next to Thorax's art, therefore I vote Thorax. not a critical commentary, just lazy.

by Joel 413 on 6/26/2009 @ 9:46pm
It took me a moment of retrospection to figure out what Mark's piece was about today. There was some fantastically strong pieces this week, in message and talent, but Mark's piece is poignant and powerful. I vote for MONLUX.

by lynndin on 6/26/2009 @ 10:16pm
I vote Monlux. MJ well done also. . .

by NineInchNachos on 6/26/2009 @ 11:16pm
I don't know who to vote for. I like adam's MJ, but Ms. Darcy says to vote Monlux.

I'm going to abstain from the vote.

by morgan on 6/26/2009 @ 11:22pm
As a Dali fan, that melted watch was too cool!

But it's going to take more than that to win me over this week. Mark's piece was good. Very heavy. Too heavy for me today, sad to say. Less heavy, but still saddening is the further sliding into the icy waters of the TNT. Ian's star shined just briefly enough to give hope and then - gone. I vote for RR's great tribute.

ps- Kevin: I don't know if it's the white shirt or the lighting, but your new avatar reminds me of the X-Files' Mulder.

by KevinFreitas on 6/26/2009 @ 11:39pm
The truth is out there


by Joel 413 on 6/27/2009 @ 8:08am
Vote Count:
Monlux: 6
Thorax: 4
Adam: 2
Brian: 1
RR: 1

Congrats Mark!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2009 @ 8:57am
Good Show Mr. Monlux

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/27/2009 @ 10:31am
I had never heard of this Neda gal until the contest.
Sucky, but did we really expect anything less out of Iran?

by Mark Monlux on 6/27/2009 @ 1:37pm
Woo Hoo! I love The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and I did not know that they were filmed in lovely Tacoma. I did miss a few episodes and now I will be able to get caught up. Many Thanks!

I think this is my second win of the season.

by marumaruyopparai on 6/27/2009 @ 1:41pm
Gonzo journalism rules, good stuff RR.

by Erik on 6/27/2009 @ 2:33pm
Congrats Mark!

by Dave_L on 6/28/2009 @ 6:43pm
BTW, I vote for Monlux. Intense political piece Mark. Great to see at Frost Park. - Erik

I wasn't able to vote, but prizes aside, Bravo Mark, for chalking from the gut. I don't think it's hyperbole to call it a Frost Park Guernica in chalk. None of them should have to have died, and there's nothing worse a family could possibly witness.

by Adam the Alien on 7/2/2009 @ 3:22pm
Argh, I really wish I could have been there this week. I don't suppose anybody got any video clips in my absence?

The pieces are gorgeous, and Mark's is especially wonderful. Though if I had been there, I damn sure would've given him a run for Brisco County, Jr. :-D

However, I ended up having so much of a blast at the YouTube gathering that I didn't even remember to check the thread to vote for someone. I was simply too busy hanging out with lovely people like these:





And just for RR, here's a friend's recording of ukulele genius Molly Lewis performing (or attempting to perform) her smash hit, MyHope, in a hotel room!


by NineInchNachos on 7/2/2009 @ 5:00pm
You're a champion Mr. Alien