Tacoma Urbanist

Oct. 10, 2008 at 12:01am

Frost Park Chalking Epsiode Countdown: Today at Noon

Frost Park Chalking Today

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(An artistic Tacoma "happening" is coming to a close)

Episode XXVII: Week 27

Q: Are the Frost Park chalk offs over???/?

A: No.  But the remaining episodes are numbered.  See below.

RR Anderson's message to the world:

A Great Empty Cup of Attention:

When faced with a dire emergency, CHALK ARTISTS do not inquire whether the SPECTATOR is a good person or a criminal.

We do not delay VISUALS to learn the politics or character of the SPECTATOR.

We respond not as ideologues, nor as Tacomans nor Americans, but as ARTISTS. The only thing that matters is saving human IMAGINATION.

We work with colleagues, whatever their political persuasion, whether capitalist or Communist.

This very culture permeates the FROST PARK CHALK CHALLENGE (FPCC). The world is threatened with sudden entrepreneurial collapse.

We work with CREATIVE PERSONS whatever their political convictions to save our endangered home. Come witness FPCC in action.

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









Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. 27  is made possible through charitable donation by HOLISITC FORGE WORKS' MINISTRY OF PRIZES!  FIRST PLACE PRIZE includes VINTAGE SUPERMAN SUNDAY FUNNIES COLLECTION.   SECOND PLACE PRIZE includes semi-erotic-canadian THE LEXX, SCI-FI SERIES COLLECTION DVD!   

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

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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 to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book

Flickr Group Photo pool  (Please add your flickr pictures to the group)

comments [56]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 10/10/2008 @ 12:05am

BTW, check out RR Anderson's episode guide to Frost Park Chalk Offs at HFW here:


Finally "How to sponsor a chalk Challenge"


by KevinFreitas on 10/10/2008 @ 8:30am
I'm definitely there today and will work with you Erik if you want to help arrange our final charity chalk off. Get your jackets on and come down today while the chalk gettin's good.

by izenmania on 10/10/2008 @ 9:03am
I need to think of a good 2nd Place worthy piece. Lexx must be mine!

by jamesstoweart on 10/10/2008 @ 9:08am
I want two say two things...

One: I want both prizes... perhaps I will attempt to entries.

Two: I am pleased to announce that the Frost Park Retrospective Show will be on the 25th of October from 6pm to 10pm with the first hour open only to contributers to the show. Gretchen and Stephen will provide free appetizers and there will be a pay bar from 7pm to 10pm during which the show will be open to the public.

This is a great way to celebrate the success of the Chalk Offs and the Take Back the Park community drive.

I encourage everyone that has participated in the Chalk-Offs to reproduce at least one of their past entries in a more permanent medium for inclusion in the show. I also invite anyone who has taken photos at Frost Park to make prints of your favorites, frame them and include them in the show. The Noglers have graciously given us a ton of wall space to hang stuff on and I hope to fill the walls with chalk related memorabilia. They are willing to hang the work for 4 months throughout the Winter season. Selling displayed work is also encouraged.

The Herban Cafe will be open by appointment after the 15th for the instillation of framed art and photography.

The Herban Cafe plans to reopen for business on the 26th so the Frost Park Retrospective on the evening of the 25th will be a preview of the restaurant as well.

I hope that everyone plans to attend. I am very excited about it.

by morgan on 10/10/2008 @ 9:24am
The Noglers have graciously given us a ton of wall space to hang stuff on and I hope to fill the walls with chalk related memorabilia. They are willing to hang the work for 4 months throughout the Winter season. Selling displayed work is also encouraged.

Great idea! Reminds me of one of my favorite places, the 5 Spot (in Seattle)- they change their menu every few months to a different theme and then have artists produce art based on the theme - this keeps the walls fresh and supports artists as the shows always sell out.

by Erik on 10/10/2008 @ 10:08am
Current chalking conditions at Frost Park: dry and cool.

I'm definitely there today and will work with you Erik if you want to help arrange our final charity chalk off.

Sounds like a great project. We can discuss today.

Two: I am pleased to announce that the Frost Park Retrospective Show will be on the 25th of October from 6pm to 10pm...

Sounds like you are making the best of the Herban prize Stowe. Sounds like fun.

by dawntown on 10/10/2008 @ 10:15am
Ch*#%k-Off, everyone!

I think that sounds like a fab idea for the Herban, and us artist, too.

by Dave_L on 10/10/2008 @ 10:20am
Got Prang.

by dawntown on 10/10/2008 @ 10:40am
Dave, this chalk-offs for you

by Erik on 10/10/2008 @ 11:35am
Almost game time.

Weather looks good.

I will post pictures here via photoblogging:


by Erik on 10/10/2008 @ 1:21pm
Preliminary pictures:


by Lance Kagey on 10/10/2008 @ 1:45pm
Sorry I couldn't be there today. I'm home sick. So who's work was the most amazing?

by izenmania on 10/10/2008 @ 1:50pm
Clearly mine. Violence, money, John McCain humor... what's not to love?

by KevinFreitas on 10/10/2008 @ 1:58pm
Here are pics of todays entries:

by Dave L

by Stowe

by Sporks

by RR Anderson

by Mark Monlux

by Adam the Alien

by Dawn

by Ian

by Izenmania

by Andrea

Ever more over at KFnet

by izenmania on 10/10/2008 @ 2:18pm
Martin, Angry Owl has this to say about the financial crisis:

by Mark Monlux on 10/10/2008 @ 2:23pm
I'm voting for Stowe. It's political, it's art, and it works with the sidewalk. I just love folks reaching for that dollar. Kudos.

Robots are cool!

by beerandhotdogs on 10/10/2008 @ 2:29pm
Although Stowe's is bitchin', I'm going to vote for Dave L. Totally simplistic, but has the most impact. I dig it.


by ElectricElliot on 10/10/2008 @ 2:40pm
Wow. Some amazing pieces this week. I regret not being able to make today.

by Dave_L on 10/10/2008 @ 2:48pm
Man, THANKS, C.! I didn't consider mine an actual entry, but I wanted to try out my expensive chalk on one of the last remaining episodes, yet I still didn't have an idea. Trying to think of ways to use features of the site like Lance did last week, but it's tough. And there were more chamfered edges than I thought.

by ZenNerd on 10/10/2008 @ 2:58pm
Stowe has my vote. Mainly because he's family and given me a wonderful nephew and lovely niece, and I love him for that. I just wanted to throw that out there, but seriously, anyone has to thing that the bailout was a boondoggle that is fleecing us all. Read the Creature from Jekyll Island to see what is really going on. Conspiracy! conspiracy! sorry, the Thetan's had control for a second...where am i?

by Adam the Alien on 10/10/2008 @ 4:07pm
...I just saw what the second place prize is...I *really* want second place.

by Raido on 10/10/2008 @ 5:10pm
My vote goes to Izenmania. I hadn't thought of pecking their eyes out. Good idea.

by jamesstoweart on 10/10/2008 @ 5:40pm
I am going to vote early tonight... and I am going to do so in the face of karmatic backlash.

I'm votin' for myself!

I am very happy with how my entry turned out and I am in desperate need of a win to get back into the horserace for overall first place.

by dawntown on 10/10/2008 @ 5:43pm
Oh lawdy, what a great set today!

Totally impressed with the rainbow borders all around the park; almost like being in a gay bar.

Did you check out Stowe's? I just realized he actually put dimensionality to it, like that one dude does. I think this was his first "political" edged piece. I so want to vote for that.

Izzy, what the hell? That was way cool. I just hope Martin doesn't drink the cup of Tagro to wash the eyeballs down with.

I loved that there were 3 newbies today! And what great work, too.

Well, hell, I gotta go.

My vote goes to ADAM. His technique has exponentially improved over the months, and for that, this win goes to him

by ElectricElliot on 10/10/2008 @ 6:14pm
Wow, after checking out the park, there's so many great choices.

Dawn's piece is gorgeous, Stowe's piece makes a great statement and RR's is well...secretive.

Adam the Alien does deserve my kudos, as I agree he has continued to improve exponentially throughout the season. I sincerely hope he wins a Chalk Off by the end.

Nevertheless, I'm going to have to vote for Dave L's innovative, yet simplistic Chalk Test Non-Entry.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 10/10/2008 @ 6:16pm
I vote for STOWE!!!!

I likeeeeeeeeee!

by NineInchNachos on 10/10/2008 @ 7:04pm
RR's   Mysterious Secret Society of Tacoma Cartoonists

Dawn's  Fall Leaf

Mark Monlux "Robots are Cool"

New Artist

Adam the Alien

New Artist!  Heart Squid

Stowe's Bailout Trap

Andrea's SupeRR Man

Joe Izenman does Martin the Angry English Owl

Dave L's technicolor Frost Park Lights

by NineInchNachos on 10/10/2008 @ 7:27pm
dave L get the endorsement of Ms. Darcy this round. I have to agree. Dave has electrified the whole Frost Park with the powers of Prang.

Izenmania always a fan of your stuff I think this is your best drawing. I like the contorted hand of the greedy CEO as it flails in pain searching out the ripcord of a golden parachute..

Stowe's bear trap looks great. Stowe is an artist who continues to amaze with his mad skills. However I cant vote for him for strategic reasons.

funny story: the brightly dressed youth who chalked the geometric shapes was snatched away from the 'bus people' crowd... I noticed folks needling him: "hey are you supposed to be doing that? Do you have permission from the city?" Anyhow, I was happy to see normal citizens begin to question their urban context.

Meanwhile... my submission this week is a salute to a secret side project a few of us tacoma cartoonists are putting together. You the people can expect interesting things from us IN THE FUTURE!

but as I was saying...

Adam the alien's light highlights on the face and hat were well executed. Nice work comrade.


while photographing Andrea's work an elderly man waiting in traffic rolled his passenger window down to yell words of encouragement to Andrea: "Superman! I Love Superman! ho ho ho!" He yelled. Andrea was oblivious however with her earbuds blasting away, which is not a bad thing as I believe such positive feedback just inflates her ego. The elderly gentleman was correct though. The superman was rad.

I must vote for the heart shaped squids in love drawing though. I have a kinship with our deep sea mollusk friends. I must support any work that depicts a squid in an empowering demeanor.

even so,

I consider you, the people of frost park my friends. It has been a privilege to chalk beside you.

I was going to sign the superman book with counterfeit American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster signatures... but now that I put my true feelings out in the public domain... perhaps I will anyway.

thank you.

by AP on 10/10/2008 @ 7:30pm
I vote for Dave L.

by Courtney on 10/10/2008 @ 8:32pm
Some really neat entries! Gotta be loyal and vote for the Sto. Loved Dave L.'s entry and the squid heart was cool too.

by KevinFreitas on 10/10/2008 @ 9:24pm
Dang, really tough ones this week. Dawn brought back big color which I'm always down for. The characters in RR's and Andrea's pieces pretty much rocked. Especially Andrea's RR as a Superman type. Newcomer Sporks squid heart was just lovely for her first time out and I dug on Joe and Stowe's take on the financial crisis. Though, since it struck me from all the way off the street and was a genius use of the space, I'm voting Dave L this week.

by KevinFreitas on 10/10/2008 @ 9:32pm
Crap, I also forgot to give Adam props for his punchy alien detail and lighting a la Andrea. Great job man! You've come a long way!

by tacomachickadee on 10/10/2008 @ 9:39pm
Very very very very tough week.

Dave L's non-entry was totally cool. I'm a sucker for the unique use of space. And it really brightened up the space -- and as Kevin commented at the park, was also a unique "anti-loitering device." No one wants to sit on Prang ...

Also loved Izenman & Stowe's political pieces. I think this might be Izenman's best entry to date. The new kid on the block definitely had a love for the geometric, and was having fun workin' his stuff. Mark & RR's pieces were very complementary in an odd kind of way. And Dawn's piece was quite lovely with its leaf of many colors ... good depth and good message. Plus she's always fun to have around. :)

Then I love how both Adam & Andrea's pieces both have the "pow" hands ... almost look like they were doing cross-park "fist bumps" -- a VERY Adam The Alien thing to do.

It was also fun to see newcomers -- from Adam's new-to-Tacoma friend, to the geometric guy, to the last-minute "trust" entry.

We also had an elderly gentleman serenade the group as he wandered through on his almost-birthday. A pleasant gentleman, who I admittedly thought might not be as lucid as he was as he exhibited his vocal prowess through the park.

But who to vote for, who to vote for.

Crap. I don't know. Ponder ponder ponder ...

by tacomachickadee on 10/10/2008 @ 9:50pm
I guess I'll pull a loyalty card, and a "shock" card that Adam actually went and bought Prang chalk and vote for Adam The Alien. Did I say that right? I VOTE for Adam the Alien. Was quite torn, but that is how I VOTE. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote. vote.

Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

Current tally:

Stowe: 5
Dave L: 4
Adam: 2
Adam's friend: 1
Izenmania: 1

by jamesstoweart on 10/10/2008 @ 9:54pm
Now this here is a genuine neck and neck.

by LivingRomanceXo on 10/10/2008 @ 9:56pm
i vote for adamthealien

by lesliefoundhergrail on 10/10/2008 @ 10:07pm
I vote adamthealien

by Dmitri on 10/10/2008 @ 10:19pm
A vote for Izenmania. Go, Joe!

by AngelaJossy on 10/10/2008 @ 10:30pm
I'm think I'm gonna go with Dave L because of all the people walking around Tacoma in the next couple of days with color striped tushies. Now that's art!

But I must cast it for Andrea. If RR turns out to be Superman, I want in his good graces.

On the other hand, my ballot goes to Adam the Alien because I think this is his best work yet.

Stowe's is my favorite though because its topical, well drawn and uses lots of black which I know is very popular.

I think first place should go to Monlux because robots are cool!


by aslanenlisted on 10/10/2008 @ 11:02pm
My vote is For Adam Fucking J Manley.... because Adam the alien bomb diggity dawg... I'm so hood... no but really, Adam's drawing was the best of the people I knew out there today... Just wow, the man has a gift. Although this drawing did not draw me to tears like some of his other work, it touched me in a way not unlike some alter boys have been touched by the shepherds of their parish... the man can be my third encounter any day of the week...
Damn he is hawt!!!!

by ALT on 10/10/2008 @ 11:23pm
Well geez, this will be a toughie. I just love Adam's piece; Adam, your technique and skills just keep improving exponentially! I love those brilliant light effects! Stowe's entry is downright witty and wonderfully executed. Cephalopod love is clever and cute- I have a friend in Texas who would also appreciate this piece. :)

That said, I must once again cast my vote in favor of simplicity and innovation: My vote goes to Dave L. for his electrification of Frost Park via full spectrum Prang.

by Adam the Alien on 10/10/2008 @ 11:29pm
Current running count (by my count):

Stowe - 5
Dave L - 5
Me - 5
Izenmania - 1
Sporky -1

What happens if there's a tie for either first or second?

by ElectricElliot on 10/10/2008 @ 11:43pm

by AngelaJossy on 10/10/2008 @ 11:58pm
I vote Sporky. It reminds me of this TV show that I liked called Invasion that got canceled and left us with no closure. Aliens arrived in the Florida swamp lands during a hurricane.

Go under dog Sporky!

by Adam the Alien on 10/11/2008 @ 12:01am
I vote for Dave L. He made the park pretty.

EDIT: Crap. FeedTacoma's clock is different from mine. I don't know if it still counts.

by Adam the Alien on 10/11/2008 @ 12:03am

Dave L - 5 (or 6, if my vote counts...which, by past experience, it does not)
Me - 5
Stowe - 5
Izenmania - 2 (forgot to update my notepad thing on that "running count")
Sporky - 2

by izenmania on 10/11/2008 @ 12:05am
Aw, poop. I was going to vote for Dave, but then practicing ran past time.

by Erik on 10/11/2008 @ 12:33am
Dave L - 5 (or 6, if my vote counts...which, by past experience, it does not)
Me - 5
Stowe - 5

Oh no. A three way tie?

I will wait for Tacomachickadee's count of the votes for verification. The tension surrounding the designation of the "Best Illustrator in Universe of Tacoma" builds.

by jamesstoweart on 10/11/2008 @ 6:40am
I say give the win to Dave L. (he got it really) and second to Adam (since he wanted the Lexx DVD). I'll take third.

by KevinFreitas on 10/11/2008 @ 6:45am
@Elliot's "Thunderdome": Hahaha! You totally made me LOL over my breakfast. Thanks for that!

by tacomachickadee on 10/11/2008 @ 9:24am
Well hell ... how did I end up the official counter. Oh, because I'm geeky like that I suppose. Anyhow, my count concurs with Adam's.

Stowe: 5
Dave: 5 (7 with Adam & Izenman's votes ... which are pretty legit since they're within a decent 5 min. range)
Adam: 5
Sporky: 2
Izenmania: 2

Looks like Stowe came up with a good solution to the 3-way tie regarding the awarding of prizes. But do we record it as a three-way in the record books?

Just sayin ...

by Erik on 10/11/2008 @ 9:59am
I say give the win to Dave L. (he got it really) and second to Adam (since he wanted the Lexx DVD). I'll take third.


Aw, poop. I was going to vote for Dave, but then practicing ran past time.

I will vote for Dave L too. Late votes are not normally counted. But here they may be useful here to break a tie especially given how close they were after midnight.

I say Dave L wins too.

But do we record it as a three-way in the record books?

Dave L. for the win.

Congrats Dave:

by Dave_L on 10/11/2008 @ 11:19am
So, I was blown away by a phone call this morning from Erik "Ed McMahon" Bjornson who informed me my non-entry pulled out a win! Thanks you so much, my friends! Wait - I don't want to use that exact phrase any more, but thank you - It is truly humbling, and you made my weekend! I didn't get on-line last night to vote, but I could have upset the three-way tie. I loved Stowe's Julian Beever-esque pose with his clever bear-trap. Lately I had been thinking about Hitchcock's The Birds, so I loved Izen's piece. Had I gotten on-line, both were strong contenders for me (Is it too late to vote?) Re: Dawn's "[the park] almost like being a gay bar." It's funny, I think too much sometimes and found myself consciously avoiding the ROYGBIV rainbow order of colors, then found myself feeling guilty for consciously avoiding the rainbow order, lol. Oh, the wandering singer is born-again Daryl, a regular at Kickstand / One Heart, and quite a character. Thanks to the shadow for his photos - he always makes my stuff look better. I just went back to see who all voted for my non-entry, and I thank you all. I think I may have bought Andrea's vote by loaning her some red Prang. t-c: "No one wants to sit on Prang - that's funny! Late last night I saw a group of the younger-set checking out all of the art and they seemed to really dig it. Anyway, thanks again. FP is is a great community, and I am so happy to be a part of it.

by tacomachickadee on 10/11/2008 @ 12:00pm
Dave L.: I'm still amazed that you discovered yet another alternate chalking angle ... it was truly chalktabulous. :)

by Erik on 10/11/2008 @ 8:22pm
Dave L.: I'm still amazed that you discovered yet another alternate chalking angle ... it was truly chalktabulous.

Yeah. There is so much I have learned about Frost Park. One of the benefits is that the planters have a 45 degree edge cut to them with about 3/4 angled chalking surface which Dave L took full advantage of this week.

by joel413 on 10/13/2008 @ 10:25am
Isn't it amazing how much we've all learned about a little, pretty much unknown park in 27 weeks?

so are there going to be 29 episodes or 30 episodes? With the 30th and final (of 2008?) being on Halloween?