Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 4, 2008 at 12:22am

Frost Park Chalking Today! Chalking and Surprises

Week 13 : Episode XIII

Despite the Tall Ship events and 4th of July, energy at Frost Park seems to be growing.  Though, this week looks to be a bit different.


There are two awesome banners created for Friday's Frost Park events.

The first with a Tall ships theme by Andrea

The second by Stowe:

banner by James Stowe.

RR Anderson's message to Tacomans. 


we commemorate the LOSS of His original THIRTEEN
colonies CREATED righteously BEHOLDEN to
the  R O Y A L    C R O W N

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


Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. 13  is made possible through charitable donation by the Sons & Daughters of Benedict Arnold  (S.D.B.A.), British Loyalist Association of America (B.L.A.A.), Naval Enthusiasts Off Put by The Impracticality of Tall Ships in Modern Times (N.E.O.P.T.I.T.S.M.T.), and the Tacoma chapter of the Association of Bunker Fuel Producing Companies (A.B.F.P.C.) PRIZES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Title(s) of Nobility/Lordship
  • Protection under the Magna Carta
  • Love of King and Country

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 to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book


Check out Andrea's new poster for this week's Episode


Nice work Andrea.

comments [51]  |  posted under tacoma


by Adam the Alien on 7/4/2008 @ 3:45am
By the way, I didn't get the chance to mention it yet, but if anyone found themselves missing something after last week, talk to me - I may have it. I waited a while after everyone left and picked up the remains when it looked like no one was coming back.

And on that note, remember to pick up after yourselves, folks. I know it's easy to forget things in the end-of-lunch-hour-chaos, but your orphaned items - be they disposable or valued - would appreciate some love. Let us not forget that the gritty reality of the sidewalk's world does tend to filter back into Frost Park after we depart, leaving whatever is left behind in a vulnerable state.

by KevinFreitas on 7/4/2008 @ 8:23am
I'm bringing some tasty local treats to share. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

by Erik on 7/4/2008 @ 10:03am
I'm bringing some tasty local treats to share. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


by Erik on 7/4/2008 @ 10:21am
BTW, the Volcano via Daniel Blue picked up on Frost Park, RR and myself at Blackwater in The Tacoma Files.

The article starts off with

Erik Bjornson is surprisingly not the son of Bjorn.



by kathy on 7/4/2008 @ 12:13pm
Andrea...the battle art is GREAT!!!
I can't wait to show Katie! (What an honor!)

We'll have to get one of those for Katie's room.
Too cool!

Sorry we are not there at Frost Park today...had a bout with some stomach bug, on the mend but still shaky..

Hope to see you on Wednesday!!

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 2:24pm
here's my batch. there are a bunch so it might be slow loading. enjoy!

RR's Flying Turtle 1776

RR's Flying Turtle 1776

RR's Flying Turtle 1776

Andrea's Totem

Mystery Warrior

Thorax O'Tool Building Rendering

Tacoma Boys

Stowe's Gnome Gobbler

Red Hot's Ninja Pirate Monkey

Sun Urchin

Sun Clam

July 4th Garfield

July 4 Elle

Dave's Ghost Dog

by Erik on 7/4/2008 @ 2:39pm
It was tough to miss another Frost Park Chalk Off.

Looks like some good work though.

The colors really stand out well this week with charcoal being used in such abundance. The black certainly helps them take better pictures and now generous amounts of charcoal looks to be pretty standard practice.

The Feed Tacoma sign on the vertical panel is a good addition for passerbys to get connected to Feed Tacoma and the art pieces.

BTW, the first three pictures/entries look very similar. :)

by Elle on 7/4/2008 @ 3:08pm
Here's the link to my whole set. (please note the one and only photo of my boy's sailboat. I drew over it shortly thereafter, bad mommy)

And a few of the individual ones.

Tacoma Chickadee

Lil' Chickadee




RR Anderson

Mine (Elle)


Ninja Monkey Pirate

I have to give props to Tacomite for taking all of my photos for me. Thanks babe!

by Adam the Alien on 7/4/2008 @ 3:12pm
Didn't chalk today because asthma + being sick + chalk dust = COUGHHACKWHEEEEEEEEEZE!

I did, however, have loads of fun hanging out with people, talking, and just watching the chalkers.

Andrea got the coolest compliment by a passerby, that I was aware of, this week...

A family was on its way downhill, presumably to Tall Ships. As they passed through the park, a young, wide-eyed lad pointed at her drawing and loudly proclaimed, "Mommy! Look at THAT!"

Still deciding on who my vote's for...despite the smaller amount of chalkers than in recent weeks, the ante has certainly been upped yet again.

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 3:18pm
anybody know the dude who does the black art deco tile squares? they're killer.

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 3:21pm
Also adam you cant say things like "despite the smaller amout of chalkers" you've got to spin it... like

"The number of chalkers was staggering."

by Elle on 7/4/2008 @ 3:25pm
anybody know the dude who does the black art deco tile squares? they're killer.

dunno myself, but Andrea might. She rushed out in a hurry with him.

by Dianne on 7/4/2008 @ 3:35pm
I vote for Jeremy and Garfield. Garfield is looking very festive today.

by Erik on 7/4/2008 @ 4:11pm
Andrea's piece shows how 4th of July will look tonight at Fireman's park.

One of my favorite Elle pieces mixing patriotism with a self portrait. RR would be proud. Its in the top two IMO.

Stowe's Gnome piece looks scary. The gnome also looks to be melting like on Stowe's fashion trading card.

Other good entries too most notably the dog.

RR Anderson's piece I think takes the day though. Its just so good and far past simply sketching Tacomics on the sidewalk.

I vote for RR Anderson's one person flying turtle submarine machine.

by tacomachickadee on 7/4/2008 @ 4:17pm
I vote for little chickadee's sun (the one with blush) ... and my little fun with (the other) sun was more about the words: "WHO NEEDS SUN WHEN YOU HAVE CHALK." Just having some fun since the kids were being good.

by joel413 on 7/4/2008 @ 4:31pm
It's my civic duty!

I Vote4Elle

by Erik on 7/4/2008 @ 5:21pm
anybody know the dude who does the black art deco tile squares? they're killer.

Is this the guy and the art?


I don't see any other photos of it.

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 5:25pm
this guy from elle's photostream:

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 5:25pm
that's the guy! N00b?

by Room To Grow on 7/4/2008 @ 5:30pm

It's OK for me to vote on this Fab 4th even though I'm British, right?

by KevinFreitas on 7/4/2008 @ 5:42pm
I gotta for for Ariel's piece. Made me genuinely hungry.

Love Stowe's twisted take on his previous snake. Elle, as always, beautiful color and self-promotion. I loved Chickadee's work but I hear it was lifted from something one of her offspring was doing. Thanks to Dave L for the touching tribute. Everyone, great stuff!

Happy 4th of July!

by Amanda D. on 7/4/2008 @ 5:43pm
I'm glad I took a picture that someone actually wanted to see. It was hidden in the corner, so I can understand why it wouldn't have been included. The artist just wandered off when he was done; or, at least, I never saw him again.

And my vote goes for little Stowe, because he came up to me and whispered so nicely that he wanted me to vote for him. He even said, "please." I'm a sucker for well mannered children.
Little Stowe bringing it

by mzkrug on 7/4/2008 @ 5:43pm
I'm voting for Jeremy's festively patriotic Garfield!

by MarkMonlux on 7/4/2008 @ 5:50pm
I'm voting for Elle. Because it is my civic duty. Yeah.

by justagirl on 7/4/2008 @ 6:04pm

by Elle on 7/4/2008 @ 6:17pm
I was highly impressed with the abundance of youngling art this week. Even my boy got in on the action until I so rudely drew over it.

Stowe, beautiful as always. Andrea, your art always looks so different in photos than in person. I love the contrast. Ariel, yours was a drawing after my own heart.

But the sidewalk told me to I will vote for myself.

by TacomaGnome on 7/4/2008 @ 6:25pm
Though the snake was quite tasty, thank you Stowe, I understand the quote reference is to some sort of "Science Fiction" series of movies. So, good cultural reference.

I am quite impressed with Elle's work.

My vote goes for her.


by scrapsandsass on 7/4/2008 @ 6:44pm
I have to vote for RR's masterpiece. Impressive.

by NineInchNachos on 7/4/2008 @ 7:55pm
Dear Friends,
an astonishing turn out for a holiday. I'm glad you find value in taking time out away from your everyday friends and family to commune with your TRUE friends... TEAM FROST PARK CHALK CHALLENGERS...

Andrea did an amazing job with the totem pole.. beautiful rendering and the concrete texture blended itself well to the fire work star burst patterns...

The kid art is always fun. Dave's Dog Memorial was heart felt and rendered in such a way as to create the illusion of the dog's eyes following you from every vantage point.

Jeremy continues to excel with his Garfield metaphor. The Yankee-privateer use of copyrighted material is outstandingly appropriate for our date (July 4th the day we declare ourselves free from the tyrannical boot of oppression). Excelsior!

Tacoma Boys... my favorite 24hr produce store. It is good to see them get some love at our event.

My vote however must be cast for great FLYING TURTLE of 1776, a creation whose life mission of tormenting tallships is something I hold close to my fiery heart.

Thank you.


by Tacomite on 7/4/2008 @ 9:09pm
My vote goes to Elle this week. I give a strong honorable mention to the Ninja Monkey Pirate and Stowe's snake eating Gnome.

by jenyum on 7/4/2008 @ 9:27pm
I was impressed by the art this week, as usual. I loved Andrea's tribute to fireman's park, the flying turtle, the Tacoma Boys tribute, Stowe's continuing mastery of the running in-joke.

I would vote for Elle, as it is my civic duty and I enjoy her reference to her super-hero self. However, Little Stowe asked me very politely to vote for him, and I am simply blown away by his presence as an artist, his dedication and his positive visualization, as he chalked with bold strokes announcing: I WILL win the chalk off!!

I am compelled, there is simply no other way I could vote this week. Mr B. Stowe, you are the Best Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma. (Also, A. says she's going to marry you, so I figure we need to start getting along now.)

by Amanda D. on 7/4/2008 @ 9:41pm
I'm pleased that someone else fell to Little Stowe's charms, Jen. He's a great artist and a sweet little boy.

by jamesstoweart on 7/4/2008 @ 10:04pm
I'd like to vote for my son too.

His exuberance was very infectious... He made up for my tired listlessness.

And Barrett with a British title would be awesome.

Little Lord Barrett, Junior Earl of Stowestershire!

by Courtney on 7/4/2008 @ 10:17pm
Thanks to Tacomachickadee and Kevin for the tasty treats! They were yummy.

I should vote for my son because he is such an awesome little guy. He stayed pretty busy with the chalk today which is a little unusual.

But my vote is for the RR's flying turtle. I love turtles.

by Lance Kagey on 7/4/2008 @ 11:00pm
Ask and ye shall receive. I vote for RR.

Happy fourth

Love ay all.


by scout on 7/4/2008 @ 11:05pm
The turtle is supreme - multi-angled, sophisticated, intricately dimensional, and menacingly predatory as it devours the quaint and perpetually historical Tall Ship petits fours innocently floating with no idea of what lies in store!

My vote can only be for the Turtle, flying in the face of those who stand in the way of the march toward independence and freedom.

by JeremyScott on 7/4/2008 @ 11:32pm
I vote for 4th of July Garfield.

by kathy on 7/4/2008 @ 11:34pm
My vote goes to Barrett. Nice work buddy-bear!

Jeremy comes in second. (You just get better every week!!)

Andrea, loved your totem pole...beautifully rendered as always.

Ariel, loved your watermelons...very 4th of July!

RR, also loved your flying turtle!

Nice job by everyone once again.

Team Anderson will be back next week!

by AngelaJossy on 7/5/2008 @ 12:16am
Flying turtle!

by Erik on 7/5/2008 @ 12:18am
Ok. I have counted them twice.

Here are the results:

Stowe's son..4

A total of 22 votes cast

Elle wins.

Congratulations Elle!

(16 minutes late AngelaJossy,,,sorry)

by Erik on 7/5/2008 @ 12:21am

Elle has had a heck of a dry streak at Frost Park. The last time she won was in Episode III ten Episodes ago. Was she discouraged? Absolutely, but she kept plugging away.

I like her submission this week. It combined over the top self promotion with patriotism in sort of a Stephen Colbert genre.

Congratulations Elle. You won:

Title(s) of Nobility/Lordship
Protection under the Magna Carta
Love of King and Country

Want to know how Elle thinks and how she plans for her challenges at Frost Park?

Check out her video she made documenting her win in Episode III:


Here's her web page where you can follow her life adventure one step at a time.


Similar to RR Anderson, she lives her life in a "meta" way showing much of it on the internet.

by Erik on 7/5/2008 @ 12:42am

by Thorax on 7/5/2008 @ 12:57am
No one ever votes for me... I gotta start getting home early enough to vote!

+1 for Thorax, though it be too late.

by tacomachickadee on 7/5/2008 @ 2:15am
For the record, "Little Chickadee" is my daughter. The Boy was too busy running around the park with his buddy to chalk. He does not feel obliged to chalk every week. The Eldest, aka "Little Chickadee", has been itching to chalk for months, so now that school is out, she's ALL OVER IT!

Congrats everyone today! We enjoyed our Chalk-Off II later that day, in which Elle and her hubby both drew masterpieces along with a handful of others, which were then photographed bye our very awed neighbor. Awesome!

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2008 @ 8:32am
Nice work team. Congratulations Elle. May the sun never set on your flag.

by Elle on 7/5/2008 @ 10:03am
Ahhh, finally. Thanks everyone for the votes! I was getting discouraged especially with my loss in #6 and my inability to participate in #8. I was shooting for 2nd in #10 and didn't receive a single vote (so not surprising). Stowe made up for that one by graciously giving me a portion of his 2nd place winnings yesterday. I am now the proud owner of a killer Pulp Fiction caricature poster. (thanks!)

I'll be out again next week, but will return for #15 in a team-up with Tacomite.

by tacomachickadee on 7/5/2008 @ 1:07pm
Having seen you and Tacomite at work last night on the neighbor's sidewalk, I'm looking forward to the team play! I'll watch the kiddo if need be ...

by Adam the Alien on 7/5/2008 @ 5:09pm
Oh my God. I got so caught up with festivities and sleep-deprived video chatting last night that I totally forgot to vote. Oh well, things seem to have turned out in favor of one of my favorites, anyhow. Huzzah, Elle!

by Erik on 7/6/2008 @ 4:08pm
The Volcano has a great pictorial write up on Frost Park Episode XII with pictures from Tacoma mamma on the top four contestants:

Frost Park Chalk Challenge 13 winners


Friend of the Weekly Volcano/Spew, Tacoma Mama sent us a few snapshots of the Frost Park Chalk Challenge 13 held July 4, 2008 in downtown Tacoma.

Pictured are the winners:


Looks like I missed RR Anderson's fashionable outfit.

by Dave L. on 7/6/2008 @ 6:25pm
I've been away from the internets and couldn't vote, but...
RxR's Flying Turtle is a grand-slam home run, combining history and technology to fight off those pesky ships that have invaded Tacoma, with each mast and spar across the moon like a prison bar. Very relevant, and brilliant execution. (Perhaps RxR's first use of a submersible?) Andrea's Fireman's Park is simply perfect.

by Erik on 7/6/2008 @ 9:32pm
anniejohnson has just posted a heck of a photo set on Episode XIII worth checking out: