Tacoma Urbanist

May. 16, 2008 at 12:12am

Frost Park Today: Chalkies Clash Over Largest Prize Yet

Today : Week 6 : Episode VI

Today is Frost Park Friday Chalk Off to be held at noon in Downtown Tacoma at 9th and Pacific Avenue.


Late last night, I received the below message today from RR Anderson via the City of Tacoma invaluable list serve.  Oh my.  So much "creativity" packed in a single email. 

Frost Park International Chalk District:

after threatening to move our CHALK CHALLENGE NO. 6 to FEDERAL WAY (or worse Tollefson Plaza), the CITY OF TACOMA has "OFFERED" us lucrative,
at complete expense to YOU the TAX PAYER!



Before the dawn of Tacoma's REBIRTH a call-to-action was issued challenging SELF DESCRIBED "artists" to arise in the sucking, open-heart chest wound of Downtown's own LARRY FROST MEMORIAL PARK to compete for the most coveted prize in the world... The title of BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE. For the audacious OF HEART, this is your chance to literally draw upon the publicly funded resources of the City--Literally the City of Tacoma itself is your canvas.   WIN A PRIZE(S), COMPLETE DOCUMENTARY PHOTO SATURATION, FAME, GLORY, SUPERFICIAL BUSINESS NETWORKING!   AMUSEMENT  FOR THE UNINSPIRED CIVILIAN!


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

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  1. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

  2. RR Anderson (sponsored by Erik Bjornson Attorney at Law: Military Divorce Specialist)

  3. Life of Elle  (sponsored by Puget Sound Pizza)
  4. James Stowe (sponsored by EMBELLISH SALON)
  5. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by THE RED HOT) ALL NEW WINNER

  6.                  your name here                ??

 Honorable Mention

  1. Lance "Loves the MM Bridge So Much Why Doesn't He Marry It?" Kagey of Beautiful Angle
  2. Dave L
  3. Laura Hanan

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Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. 6 FREE ONE NIGHT STAY IN LUXURIOUS DOWNTOWN TACOMA CONDO COUPON is made possible through charitable donation by MS. LAURA HANAN & THE BRICK + MORTAR GALLERY.  

Your chance to live the life of a VISITING BUSINESS EXECUTIVE and develop some sense of EMPATHY to that UNFORTUNATE LIFESTYLE CHOICE!

WINNER will also get tour of MYSTERIOUS 100 YEAR OLD CATACOMBS located deep below DOWNTOWN'S OWN ROWLAND BUILDING.  What are the mysterious origins of these tunnels?  Contemplate the ancient marble staircase which leads NOWHERE BUT DARKNESS!  

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

To get pumped please visit FeedTacoma.com's TACOMA URBANIST.


R. Ryan Anderson,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Webmaster @
http://www.holisticforgeworks.com | Detective Agency: (253) 238-6718
++ conscientious objector + media liberator + humorist for hire ++

Lupin's New Battle Art Released:

Art by Andrea Trenbeath Lowen at Unstable Art

Depicted here is Lupin's victory in Episode V with the use of her infamous monster frog, slaying Stowe's android monkey.  Very detailed.  Amazing really. 

Check out the reflections from the light from the jewel embedded in the sword (from Episode IV).  Looks like Stowe has some repair work to do.

Gadsby by Andrea Trenbeath Lowen at Unstable Art.  An art piece sure to have lots of fans given the subject.

See other Frost Park battle art.

Andrea's illustrations certainly takes the level of Frost Park Battle Art up a few levels, adds continuity to the episodes, and strengthens the Frost Park Chalk Off tradition.

In addition to being great stand alone pieces, they also reference a slew of different artwork, history and themes of Frost Park Chalk Off events.  Thanks Andrea!

Battle Art sponsor plug:

Andrea's paintings, sketches and custom jewelry can be found at Feed Tacoma Shops and at her site Unstable Art.  Some of her jewelry might look familiar as she wears different pieces on different Chalk Off Episodes.  Notably, she wore her bullet necklace in Episode I.

Other Activities at Frost Park

Lunch, conversation, networking, job offers, bubbles, press, politicians, high end urban design discussions led by David Boe and kids activities.

Expected Weather

Currently clear at 12:23 a.m. There is a 0 percent chance of rain.  Expected temperature will range from 76 degrees at noon to 82 degrees at 1:00 p.m. and 88 degrees at 2:00 p.m.  Water is available at Hal of  a Sub directly across from Frost Park on Pacific Avenue.

This Week's Prize - A Night of Luxury and Mystery

The victor of Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VI will enjoy one overnight stay in one of the full furnished luxury condominiums in the Rowland Building 813 Pacific Avenue (adjacent to Paddy Coynes).  The condo is used by various corporate executives who visit Tacoma and was listed at one time for nearly $500,000.  The property can be leased on VRBO.com.

(All of this for one hour effort)


The victory of Episode VI will also receive an original signed art "certificate" for the event:

In addition to being the winning coupon, this original art piece is professionally double matted and could be framed.  The artistic craft and effort that will be needed to prevail today given the increasingly honed skill of Frost Park Challengers will make the event worth remembering.

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.

Voting For Chalk Art Submissions

Please vote for your favorite chalk art entry in the comment section below.  Explaining why you voted for a particular entry will add considerable context and 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:

Prize Post

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book

Overview of today's event :Frost Park Chalk: Can Lupin Defend Her Title This Time?

See everyone at Frost Park.  This is going to be interesting.

comments [112]  |  posted under tacoma


by izenmania on 5/16/2008 @ 8:05am
Frost Park Special Edition: Now With 100% More ROCK MUSIC

by intacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 8:32am
Why do I feel like I keep re-reading and seeing the same thing? Its starting to feel like how reality shows play out on tv where they constantly are giving you a recap from the previous week showing the same recycled content over and over.

aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrg. see you all there

by thriceallamerican on 5/16/2008 @ 8:56am
Yeah, I love the chalk-off, but like intacoma, I could maybe handle having it not be the "topic du jour" every damn "du jour" of the week. Just sayin'...

by KevinFreitas on 5/16/2008 @ 9:07am
Thanks for your diligence posting about it Erik. Someone needs to so the work can be posted and votes cast and counted. I can do without the hype element but am also pretty adept at ignoring that sort of thing seeing how I never saw Titanic or Mr. Hollands Opus.

I'll still see if each week's reigning champion is willing to put together a banner for the homepage 'cause it's a great way for the artists to talk a little smack and get some well-deserved exposure. This Friday activity is a great example of the community not waiting but doing and no matter how it gets written about each week don't let anyone take that away from us. This can be an example of how to just "do" with other needs and causes in town.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 9:38am
good feed back.

I can't get enough of the hype. I don't know if that puts be behind the trend or ahead of it... that said I can see some of the more static elements of the hype getting their own website... like a googlepage or something.. that way the N00bs can get the backstory without having to trip up our power users.


by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 11:04am
Yeah, I love the chalk-off, but like intacoma, I could maybe handle having it not be the "topic du jour" every damn "du jour" of the week. Just sayin'...

Thanks for the feedback. Trust me, I felt the same way writing it. Especially this week.

I have cut it back a bit. After Episode V, I didn't do a summary for Saturday.

However, I try to add a little continuity, prize segment and links to the rules on Friday. There are a lot of people that are getting interested in Frost Park that don't check the blogs that often.

Its starting to feel like how reality shows play out on tv where they constantly are giving you a recap from the previous week showing the same recycled content over and over.

Yes, for hard core readers, there is likely going to be some redundancy sort of like watching CNN news shows covering disasters or game shows or as you point out "reality shows."

They cover new issues but then go over the known facts again: "for those just tuning in..." Yet, I try to add something significantly new in each post. Although, the prize was mentioned again in the post and standard Friday items, most of it was new content.

Plus, I am utilizing trial and error.

by intacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 11:10am
heres an idea, we can have a special forum topic on this and you can update that so that new comers can follow it from the start, that format might work better then a separate blog post for each, dunno just throwing it out there

by KevinFreitas on 5/16/2008 @ 11:14am
I can setup a specific "Frost Park Fridays" forum under the "Getting Involved" section. If that works for you Erik and everyone else I can get it going right away. There can be a separate thread for each week's challenge so they stay separate but easy to navigate.

by beerandhotdogs on 5/16/2008 @ 11:15am
Winner of newest Chalk-Off decides the fate of Chalk-Off Hype Thread!

Get your chalk on, intacoma!

p.s.- more hype. please!


by intacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 11:17am
You bringing the wiener?!

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 11:33am
I can't get enough of the hype
p.s.- more hype. please!

Yeah, sponsors like hype to justify their sponsorship.

The art list serve is largely redundant hype yet entertaining.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 11:43am
I can build a simple 'hall of fame' over at HFW or erik can transplant the 'score card' to one of his special googlepages. having a timeless dedicated page for the timeline/events so far would avoid the stale-thread-with-zillion-comments syndrome.

or maybe someone can start a wikipedia entry?

by AndrewBecherer on 5/16/2008 @ 11:45am
I commend NineInchNachos for best use of the term "N00bs" outside of a technology forum for the 2nd full week of May, 2008.

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 11:47am
or maybe someone can start a wikipedia entry?

Yeah. That would be helpful and add something. Someone should take on that task to add to the Frost Park phenomenon.

The wikipedia entry could also be modified for Downtown Tacoma:


by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 1:40pm
Ok. Let the voting begin and the hype continue.

Votes will be counted until midnight tonight.

Please post any pictures or links to pictures that would add something or link to your own blog with Frost Park content.

From Pacific Avenue up the hill:

RR Anderson's Commerce Goddess

Full size:


Forms by Unknown Artist

Full size:



Full size:


Sea Horse

Full size:


Humanoid by Unknown Artist

Full size


by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 1:48pm

RR Anderson as Wolverine

Full size:


Tacomamamma by Stowe

Full size


Garfield by Unknown Artist

Full size


by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 1:52pm

Clown Breakout

Full Size


Hot Dog

Full size


Children scene

Full size


Other pictures:


by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 2:02pm
ive got some good shots i'll post later too. Wow so many artists and people. such a fun energy. nice work my friends!

by KevinFreitas on 5/16/2008 @ 2:08pm
Great to see everyone. It was a beautiful day for a Frost Park outing. Cheers to all the artists for brightening up the sidewalk as well!

Here are a few pics to show off some of the glorious colors used:

by Angela Jossy on 5/16/2008 @ 2:08pm
Elle's design is impressive. (How does she get the colors so vibrant? Is water the secret ingredient?) The Wolverine is very detailed and menacing. That breakout clown looks like Bobble Tiki's cousin. But my vote goes to the portrait of TacomaMama because its very good and because I'd like to encourage a trend of portraits so that someday maybe someone will do mine and then I'll truly become a part of Tacoma's legacy. *smile*


by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 2:20pm
ive got some good shots i'll post later too. Wow so many artists and people. such a fun energy. nice work my friends!

RR: you no doubt are going to be conflicted as who to vote for.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 2:25pm
if i say "i'm voting for myself" to which artist does that vote go towards? METAPHYSICAL MELTDOWN!

by intacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 2:25pm
My vote goes to Mark

by Lance Kagey on 5/16/2008 @ 2:31pm
there's no question Mark is the undeniable winner.

Sorry I missed out today. See ya all next week.

If you are interested I'll be drawing a fighter jet for my friend bob.


by Lance Kagey on 5/16/2008 @ 2:31pm
Who knew there were Tacoma Tiki's living under the sidewalks.

by scout on 5/16/2008 @ 3:00pm
This was a tough one - I was torn between Stowe, RR, and Mark but I had to vote for Goddess of Commerce by RR out of personal allegiance. He and MS Darcy have only a few short months left as a dynamic duo - soon to be the Tazmanian Threesome. (One of my kid's nicknames (when in one of her 3-year-old moods) was "Taz".

by scout on 5/16/2008 @ 3:00pm
PS - How do I change my avatar?

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 3:01pm
Here's one of my favorite pictures of the day:

Alot going on here as they say.


Here's a select few more:

by KevinFreitas on 5/16/2008 @ 3:02pm

Hope over into your account settings and there's an option to upload a JPG for your avatar there.


by Dianne on 5/16/2008 @ 3:04pm
I vote for Garfield.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 3:08pm
more fantastic photos!

Frost Park Chalk Challenge NO. 6

Frost Park Chalk Challenge NO. 6

Mark Monlux

Andrea does RResque Action Figure

Stowe's TacomaMama

Frost Park Chalk Challenge NO. 6

Confusing Goddess of Commerce

feel free to post your own pics... I think there was a frost park flickr pool created at one point too.

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 3:10pm
feel free to post your own pics... I think there was a frost park flickr pool created at one point too.


Right here:


by MarkMonlux on 5/16/2008 @ 3:17pm
Wow guys! Thanks for the great comments and support. Lance is correct, it is a Tacoma Tiki, not a clown. I'm hoping to do this again next week.

by Elle on 5/16/2008 @ 3:24pm
-Elle's design is impressive. (How does she get the colors so vibrant? Is water the secret ingredient?)

Nope no water. Just a lot of elbow grease. My hand was numb after doing that. It was brighter in person than in photos. I'm uploading my photos right now.

by MarkMonlux on 5/16/2008 @ 3:25pm
Oh, and because I'm completely self absorbed in my own glorious greatness, I'm going to vote for myself.
Does that count?

by intacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 3:29pm
marks homeless right now, he really needs a place to stay!

by MarkMonlux on 5/16/2008 @ 3:30pm
I brought a stiff bristled brush. Once I put down a rough block of color. I used the brush to stipple the powder into the sidewalk. But, since in was so dry out today I found I had to press the chalk into place do set it. A friend recommended bringing a spray bottle to hit the pavement with a spritz first. I bit it would help set the powder too.

And, yes, I did bring kneepads.

by jenyum on 5/16/2008 @ 3:31pm
Hmmmm.....lemme think.


Please vote for Stowe, because it is a wonderful drawing and he generously volunteered to do this and give me the fabulous grand prize if he wins. :)

And my husband and I have had a night away without the kids I think twice? In 7 years. Said nights were at our house.

..../emotional manipulation. :)

by Elle on 5/16/2008 @ 3:39pm
Here are mine (er, the ones the trusty husband took)

I am too brain dead to actually code the images in so you get a link to the Picassa set

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 3:45pm
Not only fan of RR but of RR's wolverine/artist pose specifically.

These pictures have been posted around the blogosphere for around a year.

RR calls them Real Ultimate Cartooning

If I recall, RR made these photos with some extra photoshop work with him exclaiming "respect me I am an artist" or something like that.

After an uncountable number of renditions of others in Tacomic and elsewhere it is nice to see one of RR.

So, I am tempted to vote for Andrea's piece.

But then the chalk art piece of RR spoke to me. To cast a vote for Andrea's piece it would hurt RR, the person depicted. So I can't get myself to do it.

My vote goes to RR's Goddess of Commerce with prozac.

RR explains the statute with 7 hidden notes on the cartoon on his picture:


Check them all out while you contemplate your vote.

by MarkMonlux on 5/16/2008 @ 3:53pm
Nice google, dude.

by scout on 5/16/2008 @ 4:02pm
Thanks for your help Kevin!

by AP on 5/16/2008 @ 4:02pm
Andrea's RR is fantastic. Most of these pics don't tell the story of how great the face and flying turtle beret turned out. This was my first choice, but upon further review, the mad clown tiki has just photographed oh so well.

I reserve the right to come back and overturn my own vote before midnight - but since I'm headed far away and may not have wireless.... for now....


by Mandiferous on 5/16/2008 @ 4:07pm
I vote for Mark's Tacoma Tiki.

(But would happily pitch in to send TacomaMama and hubby to the Silver Cloud for a night.)

by izenmania on 5/16/2008 @ 4:14pm
Most of these pics don't tell the story of how great the face and flying turtle beret turned out.

Yeah, it is pretty wicked.

by jenyum on 5/16/2008 @ 4:14pm
Yeah, that's ok I don't need yer pitty.

by Ms.Ajax on 5/16/2008 @ 4:15pm
My vote is for the Sidewalk Tiki........well done! Kudos to all artists, honorable mention to the creator of Garfield :)

by Warren on 5/16/2008 @ 4:26pm
I can't vote for any goddesses I am afraid. Sorry R.R.

I vote for Elle

by AP on 5/16/2008 @ 4:30pm
Joe, excellent photo. And thanks for entertaining everyone at the park today with the playing and singing - it sounded great.

ensie, I would like to once again apologize for the teriyaki sauce incident. It won't happen again.

by MarkMonlux on 5/16/2008 @ 4:31pm
Elle, I just took a look at your fantastic photos. The photos I took look horrible. Can I have your permission to post #14, the one of me working on the tiki, on my blog? If so, do you have a specific url you would like me to link?

by ensie on 5/16/2008 @ 4:34pm
They are ALL so kick ass. I gotta support my fellow Council of Loudmouth Wimmins!

Go Tacomamama!


(but damm the Tikki is freakin' awesome!)

by KevinFreitas on 5/16/2008 @ 4:34pm
The "Children scene" one above is by a fellow named Gerard. Relatively new to Tacoma and was glad to see him participate. I believe he's a painter as well. Great illustration out there, sir.

Tough one this week. I gotta go with the Sea Horse. The colors and gradients just caught my eye. Cheers to everyone though and to Izenmania for the tunage.

by izenmania on 5/16/2008 @ 4:35pm
Mark, I've got a few pics of you working as well... I'll post them later this evening.

by jenyum on 5/16/2008 @ 4:45pm

by Mandiferous on 5/16/2008 @ 4:51pm
Sorry for the assumption. Didn't mean to offend.

by Frinklin on 5/16/2008 @ 4:55pm
This is the hardest vote yet, isn't it? Andrea's WolveRRine? The Tacoma Tiki? Hell, we have barely mentioned the seahorse, which is fantastic.

Hmmm... I go with Stowe, because his Tacomamama's eyes seem to be following me.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2008 @ 4:55pm
I know how I should vote, but I have prayed for guidance and against my human desires, I vote for hot dog being devoured by the nematode colony... because I could really use a hot dog right about now. I'm starving.

Verily so, I love the wing turtle barrette. my ego compelled me to vote for that one. But where is the carpet of body hair? Also the muscles Andrea drew could have been bigger.

The illumination of skin by Stowe in the tacoma mama piece is arresting. He wins the 'master of light' title this round.

Just getting Mark to show up anyplace is a feat in itself. I would have voted for him if there was more of a tacoma theme. I know the weekly volcano is tiki oriented, but I refuse to recognize that.

I love friday.

by Elle on 5/16/2008 @ 5:11pm
Mark, you are more than welcome to use my photo. If you want to link to me you can link to Life of Elle or Free Range.

In the mean time I suppose I should actually vote. I'm going to go with myself on this one again. Simply for the fact that I was the last artist standing (finishing).

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 5:23pm
Looks like the contestants and their allies are pulling out the stops to win on this one.

From Stowe:

As usual I urge everyone to go here and vote for the chalk square [mine] most [mine] deserving [mine]. I am not here to influence... just inform.


From Elle:

Now I just need votes… Go here and do so.

As a bonus for voting for me you get a great photo of me and the boy


From Tacomamamma:

Please vote for Stowe, because it is a wonderful drawing and he generously volunteered to do this and give me the fabulous grand prize if he wins. :)


No doubt there are multiple unseen email, phone and non-virtual campaigns as well.

by artwordstea on 5/16/2008 @ 5:38pm
Mark is the chalk god. He is the medioxumate spirit of chalk-tiki-fabulosity.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/16/2008 @ 5:49pm
WoW! today was amazing! I cant wait to do it again next week! I love tacoma mama, the eyes are kick-ass. And the abstract is totally amazing, such vivid colors. Btw, Garfield was done by Jeremy Peterson.

However, I think I'm gonna vote for myself. Go Seahorse! This was my first time working with chalk, and I really impressed myself. yay!

by Hellmutt on 5/16/2008 @ 5:58pm
Stowe FTW!

by jcbetty on 5/16/2008 @ 6:00pm

It's super hard to vote for one, this week.

First, I need to go council o' girl-power and vote Stowe because it's ridiculously good work and I heart Jen.

But then, I need to vote RR, b/c his redefinition of the wimpy-sad Goddess Statue is just kick-ass booty-luscious and fab.

And yet, there's the Goddess' mate, the gadfly-gone-gladiator all RAWR with his Wolverine-pencils and dynamic energy rendered in terse, vital strokes. Killer, dude (ette.)

But wait, the Seahorse is holy-crap good; the blending of the colors and the pop of the colors against one another and the overall saturation... Damn.

Oh, wait WAIT. Watching Elle work, seeing the technique and time and pre-drafting and the swirly happy abstract love goin' on... mmmmmm. Nice.

So there I was, completely conflicted and shaking my head, walking my bike up the hill, and I was arrested.

Not by BIA or a true copper, but by the tiki that shot out at me. Talk about saturation, pop, execution... and it was a total sleeper, totally shocking me just as it would have, to have a real live (more or less) tiki springing from the cement. I was down below, looking at the RR/Andrea conflict, watching the massive amounts of chalk being laid down by Stowe, Elle, and Seahorse, and seeing a sort of bright abstract thing up above, never realizing... damn. As I stood watching Monlux work, the piece kept. getting. better. Each complementary color just popped the adjacent one, each detail just made that tiki breathe.

So, yeah.


by tacomachickadee on 5/16/2008 @ 6:02pm
I want to vote for everyone. Puh-leeze?!?!? There's my babysitter's seahorse (very fitting ARIEL!!!), the fab portrait of Jen, the X-men-style RR, the Goddess of Commerce, Elle's flamin' colors, the Tikki, and well, all of them. Grrr. Must wake up tired brain. Must flip coin? Or, damn, hmmm ...

I'll go STOWE.

With freakin' tons of runners up.

And a shout out to the babysitter (who also moonlights as a housecleaner/super-duper odd-job gal in case anyone needs one ...) and her first foray into serious chalking. Just wait until later this summer when she's had some time to practice in the alley with my munchkins! :)

by Erik on 5/16/2008 @ 6:03pm
Mark is the chalk god. He is the medioxumate spirit of chalk-tiki-fabulosity.

I see. Do you wish to cast your vote on the art submission you like most?

by RangerWarren on 5/16/2008 @ 6:06pm
I really like the one by Stowe.

by jamesstoweart on 5/16/2008 @ 6:07pm
I think it goes without saying that I want to be the Greatest Illustrator in the Universe (of Tacoma) every week (regardless of that fact that I spend my Fridays at Frost Park soaking up the chalk dust and good feelings or not).

All that being said... a vote for me is a vote to send someone that is an unparalleled local parental resource on a nice one night vacation. (I guess since Jen already let that cat out of the bag I might as well stump it). Ultimately I decided to promote Tacomamama cause the site is awesome. I thought she is someone that could use the very generous prize and she is a family friend. I came to her, explained what I was going to do and made sure she would be done with it. Even if I didn't know her personally, as a Dad I dig what she does for local parents and I was running out of local landmarks I could draw exploding (I'm a transplant).

All that and that being said (and all stumping aside), I am so impressed by the turn out this week. There were people everywhere! I love that there is a place I can go each week and rub chalk covered elbows with great local illustrators. I love that my family can go downtown and spend lunch playing with other families. I loved drawing with chalk with my (and other) kids. I love meeting the people I've met. Frost Park has literally changed how I look at Tacoma.

All that, that, and that all being said... I have no idea who to vote for. I got to talk to Andrea a bit today and I am impressed with her theme, her subject and her technique. I met Mark and his Tiki was alive with color and weight unlike anything I've seen at Frost Park yet. Elle's organic abstracts are literal pieces of fine art (not my bag really, but impressive none the less). R.R. showed everyone that he wields message and theme like a giant wet polish sausage hammer. I could never do what he does and I would never try. There was a awesome glowing hotdog, a vibrant and swollen seahorse and a drawing of two kids meeting an alien that tells me that whoever drew it is just feeling everyone out. And then there is mine. A successful portrait I guess. I which I had done a better job. Jen deserved it. I somehow forgot all my black and resorted to blue hair (frightening). I can't say that mine wasn't the best executed piece this week.

(but that being said)

I really hope it wins. For Tacomamamas everywhere.

by jamesstoweart on 5/16/2008 @ 6:07pm
Sorry for the Reader's Digest.

by TacomaGnome on 5/16/2008 @ 6:11pm
I am quite impressed.

Elle, my loyalty is to you, with your design and your ability to do tremendous art work in such a clean and fashionable way.

Though, I am challenged this week. Ms Andrea did draw a wonderful picture of me in battle gear, wielding the sacred fortune cookie battle axe into ancient battle. To me, it recalls the tales of old and glory ... before we became peaceful creatures of the woodlands.

Finally, there is a nod to my fellow blogger Bobble Tiki, if anything it distinctively reminds me of him; and he did remember me during the Christmas season.

But, in all, I have to go with what is possible and what seems to be a wonderful tribute, and that is to vote for Stowe's work this week.

Elle, I'll be sure to make it up to you.

by Stewie on 5/16/2008 @ 6:14pm
Lets go! Stowe!

by Gil on 5/16/2008 @ 6:16pm
I always knew Jen was a blue hair!

Stowe . . . Go! LOS!!

by tacomachickadee on 5/16/2008 @ 6:20pm
Oh, and a total shout-out to the mystery figures on the wall. Who was that? RR? Were you doing double-duty?

I totally dug the abstract ghostlike aura-boasting figures.

But I still vote for Stowe.

by justagirl on 5/16/2008 @ 6:22pm

by Mars on 5/16/2008 @ 6:26pm
Stowe, we just don't have enough guys. Stowe should be the winner!

by beerandhotdogs on 5/16/2008 @ 6:37pm
I'll go with Stowe. Seems everyone is stepping it up. RR's and Andrea's were my other two picks. Great job, peoples.


by Dmitri on 5/16/2008 @ 6:41pm
I vote for Stowe ... I'm a sucker for emotional manipulation and love T Mama.

@ izenmania: going from no rock music to one rock musician is not 100 percent increase; it's an infinite increase

@kfreitas: ... and I've never seen "Forrest Gump." I'm really good at not reading the stuff I don't care about.

by Tacomite on 5/16/2008 @ 6:44pm
My vote goes for Elle. With an honorable mention to Stowe and Mark. That tiki was sweet.

by Stash on 5/16/2008 @ 7:26pm
I love the portrait of Tacomamama! My vote is for Stowe!

by mr.eke on 5/16/2008 @ 7:46pm
Stowe for the gold? Does that work?

by DrewB on 5/16/2008 @ 7:50pm
Stowe is the winner in my book.

by jcbetty on 5/16/2008 @ 8:02pm
@Stowe-- your Reader's Digest entry brought tears to my eyes. *SO* the heart of Tacoma, encapsulated, man.

by Bright_Eyed on 5/16/2008 @ 8:16pm
The seahorse is awesome. The colors are amazing and the bubbles are a great touch. (o;

by B to the RAD on 5/16/2008 @ 8:18pm
I like stowes the best.

by Kathou on 5/16/2008 @ 8:27pm
I vote for my friend Elle.

by Raido on 5/16/2008 @ 8:30pm
My vote goes to Stowe. And not merely because I'm a fan of Tacoma Mama, but also because it is well done.

by Droid16 on 5/16/2008 @ 8:45pm
Loved them. Had to go before I saw them completed but I really liked them across the board. Amazing how they ended up turning out.

I am voting for Stowe. I also think the Tacoma Tiki is great.

by WaywardSailorGirl on 5/16/2008 @ 9:05pm
Admittedly I am a Stowe fan...it's great to see one of my best friends having so much fun doing something he is so talented at. But today's choice is a HARD one ...I loved the tiki clown and I loved the wolverine...I even really liked the flamy seahorse. All three made a huge impression on me. I confessed to Stowe earlier that I might need to vote against him this week...But yes, the altruistic motives behind his piece have to win out.


by dorkbot Tacoma on 5/16/2008 @ 9:09pm
I am so bummed to miss these! I have yet to make it to one, schedule conflicts. Pout.
I vote for "Children scene".

by elvenknight on 5/16/2008 @ 9:58pm
my vote is for the seahorse

by mzkrug on 5/16/2008 @ 10:13pm
decisions, decisions....Jeremy, the artist who drew Garfield, is my youngest grandson; Ariel, the artist who created the seahorse, is my oldest grandson's girlfriend. All of the artists did a fantastic job. aaarrrggghhh!! Well-l-l-l....I know Ariel & Jon would love the nite at the hotel, so my vote is for Ariel & her seahorse. If there's a 2nd prize, my vote is for Jeremy & Garfield!

by izenmania on 5/16/2008 @ 10:27pm
My pics here.

by ixia on 5/16/2008 @ 10:29pm
Wolverine gets my vote
Way powerful!

by Free the Bridge on 5/16/2008 @ 10:42pm
Bummed I couldn't make it today. What a showing!

Mark, Sorry I missed you. Send me some pics!

As much as I would like to vote for all of them, today it is the spirit of the artist that gets my vote.

Nice rendering Stowe- I hope you get a night off Jen!

by Courtney on 5/16/2008 @ 10:53pm
I am voting for Stowe! Tacomamama and Tacomadaddy do indeed a night off.

I really really love Elle's stuff and Andrea's RR wolverine was amazing too. I especially enjoyed Garfield because you know it's so retro. And the bobble tiki was gorgeous. Oh wait and the really cool abstract shadows on the wall were super cool.

by bluegodjanus on 5/16/2008 @ 11:24pm
I'll vote for the seahorse. Good use of colour, neat swirly bits and flames. Also, it's blue. Blue is a great colour.

by Adam the Alien on 5/16/2008 @ 11:29pm
Well, it was a tough choice...I narrowed it down to Stowe's Tacomamama, Andrea's RR-verine, and the Tiki thing at first.

Then it was between Stowe and Andrea...but, tough as it is, I like Andrea's better.

Stowe's is AMAZING, especially considering it's chalk on a sidewalk...but Andrea's style is more in line with my tastes, and this week she's using that "POW!" effect, having the pencil-clawed hand pointing out directly at us.

I absolutely LOVE it when perspective is used this way, and I don't think we see it enough on our fair park sidewalk. Most of the submissions tend to be a lot more 2D in their use of perspective.

So my vote goes to Andrea and her WolveRRine.

by ensie on 5/17/2008 @ 12:07am
So...has it been called?

by Adam the Alien on 5/17/2008 @ 12:08am
Give our dear Urbanist time to tally the votes, unless you want to do it instead. I'm too lazy, myself. :-D

by ensie on 5/17/2008 @ 12:09am
I'm impatient. And lazy.

I think I know who won though.

by ensie on 5/17/2008 @ 12:27am
Tapping foot impatiently...

by Erik on 5/17/2008 @ 12:33am
Wow. A record 45 votes. 102 comments. 4 photo sets already posted. Alot of new

showed up. That's good.

Stowe/Tacomamama wins of course by a mile.

Here's the breakdown

Sea Horse..........4
Artist Spirit..........1
Hot Dog...............1
Children's scene...1

Thus, Stowe prevails in Episode VI with "Tacomamama"

by Daymaker on 5/17/2008 @ 8:25am
Kevin, i like the idea of this having it's own forum. I also suggest it start traveling. There are other areas that need activating. I think we have made our point about Frost Park. More people should pick up the ball and meet on other days as well. I know we've mentioned Tollefson. I suggest a "happy hour there sometime, AND definitely a HUGE chalk off for Tall Ships. We can make it part of "Shore Leave". Possibly a Sunday event. What do you think?????

by Erik on 5/17/2008 @ 10:43am
More people should pick up the ball and meet on other days as well. I know we've mentioned Tollefson

An event on another day at Tollefson would be interesting to see if it could get going. The events could spread sort of like Farmers Markets in Tacoma. As interest grows other ones could be opened up and started.

Proctor and 6th Avenue are farmers markets but with different days than downtown.

Yet, like the downtown Farmers Market, its nice to have the same time and day for Frost Park to build consistency so people know its going to happen and attendance can be larger. Having either the Farmers Market or the Chalk offs move would lower attendance.

Tollefson Tuesdays? Hmmm. A project for someone for sure.

by ALT on 5/17/2008 @ 11:13am
Crazy day, that Friday. Suffice to say that by the time my husband and I got home around 11:00 that night we just vegged out in front of the TV and promptly went to bed.

Per my usual approach after participating in the contest, I opted to wait and see what the winning results were the following day. I really felt that Mark's Tiki was going to win: Bright colors, a distinctly new style, and a recognizable face (plus many positive reviews) had me thinking we'd have a brand new title holder. On the other hand, Stowe's portrait was also vibrantly colored, beautifully executed, and stylistically different from previous entries. I'm therefore not too surprised that Stowe won, but I am surprised that TacomaMama won by such an immense landslide.

Stowe has made the necessary repairs to his Orange Bionic Ape Suit. It is now Bigger. Stronger. Faster.
Congratulations Stowe!

by jamesstoweart on 5/17/2008 @ 11:46am
Andrea, thanks for the kind words! It was great to meet and talk with you.

I obviously won with the help of what I am now referring to as the "Blogger Bump". No matter what you think of it... it is an immense nebulous force when focused and not to be discounted by any competitor.

In my opinion, there were strongly executed pieces this week. More so than in week's past even. I was impressed by each and every one. And I am really proud to be included in that.

Next week is going to be even better. I can't wait to lock horns with R.R. and Andrea and Elle and Dawn and Mark and Lance and Ariel and Mystery Artist and Artist Yet to Show But Soon to Dominate. So much so that I offer this challenge.

Whoever strips me of my crown next week will get a one of a kind piece of art by Stowe to celebrate their fleeting dominance as reigning chalk champeen. This is above and beyond any corporate sponsorship prize that may be offered.

So next week you all better bring it.

by Erik on 5/21/2008 @ 12:59pm
Here's Stowe's winning photo shot with the Battle Art trophy for Episode VI:

The thrill of victory!


by scout on 5/21/2008 @ 4:29pm
You Go Stowe!

by jamesstoweart on 5/21/2008 @ 4:43pm
Actually having that in my hands I can honestly say...

That is one super cool trophy plaque. It is a prize just by itself.

by tacomachickadee on 5/21/2008 @ 9:56pm
I'm sensing a theme ... Stowe wins haircut for wife, condo for jenyum ... I can't help but tease. (But I did vote for you, hmmm ... both those times ... must. resist. altruistic. motives. I'M ON TO YOU!)

Keep up the great work everyone!

by tacomachickadee on 5/21/2008 @ 9:57pm
(And for the record "altruistic motives" were not why I voted for yours. Twas chance that such events collided.)

by scout on 5/21/2008 @ 10:04pm
extra sweet when talent & altruism collide!

by jamesstoweart on 5/21/2008 @ 10:05pm
Someone figured out my plan. Must enact phase two: Ninjas.