Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 17, 2009 at 12:01am

Frost Park Today: What Will Planning Commissioner Boe Reveal About Tacoma's Future in Chalk?

Today is Frost Park Friday at 9th and Pacific Avenue.  All are welcome.

Last Week : Vice Chair David Boe Revealed His Vision, And Likely Future, For Tacoma in Chalk at Frost Park

A random street artist or one of those secretative C.L.A.W. folk?  Hardly.  Here, Vice-Chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission David Boe reveals his vision/the future of Tacoma.

What will commissioner David Boe reveal this week about the future of Tacoma????/?

Today, RR Anderson reveals for future reference:

Salty Chalk Jargon Explained:

  • Chalkie - one who chalks.
  • Frostie - see chalkie.
  • Flub the Stump - to injure oneself by scraping finger pads harshly while manipulating chalk of insufficient size.
  • Chalk N00b - a rookie chalker.
  • Popper - one who wont shut up and let you draw.
  • Scabby - hired muscle.
  • Human Bean Juice - blood.
  • Sniffy - getting dizzy, not drinking enough water.
  • Sea Legs - falling off the curb into the street.
  • Powder Puff - too much beauty bark stuck in a off-road sandal
  • Greatest Illustrator in the Universe (of Tacoma) - usually RR Anderson
  • Chalkampion - somebody who achieves their dreams and is genuinely loved by their family.
  • "Crack Kills" - what you tell a pretty girl when you can see her posterior attributes.
  • Log Jammer - one who steals your chalk without permission.
  • Floaty - a dead  pigeon or 'bus person' face down in the water feature.
  • Chalk Fop - anyone who uses a ruler to draw strait lines.
  • Noodle Hunter - a buxom woman with a mental illness.
  • Type Dandy - one obsessed with perfect typography.
  • Line Dandy - one who draws slowly.
  • Black Dandy - one who uses way too much charcoal.
  • Sod Dandy -one who loafs on grass.
  • Squawk Chopper - one who yells while chewing chalk sticks.
  • Pickle Inspector - one who is picky about chalk stick they select from box.
  • Knob Thief -unwelcome use of your chalk nub.
  • Poop Turtle - a piece of gum stuck on a sidewalk canvas.
  • Hat Clap - handprint left by chalkdust on your hat (or bikini area).


Friday, April 10
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 THE RUSSELL INVESTMENT Company's DIVESTMENT in family wage jobs here in Downtown Tacoma, despite the elaborate tax shelter created in the aptly named INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT surrounded by two miles of shimmering, unbroken sidewalks and incessant BIA exhaust spewing leaf blowers. For the love of Jesus Christ is there any escape from NOISE? 

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


Prize: 1998 Mercury Tracer "Sharkmouth" A $35,000,000 dollar value!
Sponsor: Harold LeMay Automobile Museum Annex (in embellish salon multi-space)

see photos:

History and LARP (Live Action Roll-Playing) Bonus Point Item Matrix:

Voting For 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 [51]  |  posted under Tacoma


by AngelaJossy on 4/17/2009 @ 12:22am
You forgot one entry into your Lexicon of Chalk:

Bak Choy! - what you exclaim when some ingrate steps on your fingers and you can't cuss because children are present.

by Dave_L on 4/17/2009 @ 2:24am
The Commissioner has been busy calling in special help to aid in his Sisyphean task of urban planning and justice for all.

"Yes, Commissioner, Tollefson Plaza."

by Joel 413 on 4/17/2009 @ 6:34am
I mentioned this late in last week's thread. Is there any interest in setting up a Frost Park Specific Blog on feedtacoma? That way everything is in a nice central FP themed locale? Not anything against Eric or the Tacoma Urbanist Blog, just thought it might be a good idea, if someone who doesn't know we hide in the TU blog and they are browsing the list they'd see FROST PARK CHALKIES in the list...

Just a thought... See y'all at noon.

Frost Park til I die

by boearc on 4/17/2009 @ 7:29am
PC-VC Boe unfortunately cannot be in attendance at this week's chalking - but hopes to head down to RR's TAM gig on Sunday (allergies willing).

by jamesstoweart on 4/17/2009 @ 7:45am
I am looking up in the sky and I am getting wet. I am possibly melting. My idea for this week required an ironically dry sidewalk space. Sigh. I think I am going to bail this week... see everyone on Sunday at the museum!

by jamesstoweart on 4/17/2009 @ 7:59am
I am also a Fair Weather Frostie, Pickle Inspecting, Black Dandy Chalkampion.

by Elle on 4/17/2009 @ 8:22am
I'm with Stowe. If it doesn't stop raining I won't be there. And I'm sans kid today. Pitty.

I would be ranked a Type Dandy Fair Weather Frostie

by Altered Chords on 4/17/2009 @ 8:46am
There are many who can not draw but enjoy watching. What are we? Chalk voyeur?

by Mandiferous on 4/17/2009 @ 8:49am
I prefer the name Dawntown uses on days she doesn't draw: Chalk Cheerleader.

by Nick on 4/17/2009 @ 9:08am
Or perhaps "chalkleader" . . . no wait, how about "cheerchalker!"

by Dave_L on 4/17/2009 @ 10:00am

(Yes, calling the kettle black)

by NineInchNachos on 4/17/2009 @ 10:12am
as of 10:11 weather is bright, overcast. no rain.

by Erik on 4/17/2009 @ 10:52am
10:51 a.m. Pavement is pretty well dry. No rain. Looks to be a nice cool chalking day if the weather holds up.

I see the Volcano is covering the new urban chalking lexicon:


(And now some sun is breaking out)

by Joel 413 on 4/17/2009 @ 11:07am
Prang Stain - What is left behind when a chalkie uses a pigment infused art chalk, that doesn't wash away cleanly in the rain, but requires additional manual effort to remove. Also the permanent mark left in your clothes, and furniture that the power fine residue leaves behind.

I'm sitting in the lounge of Phillip Hall at UWT, and I see blue sky over downtown Tacoma with 50 minutes to go.

by Altered Chords on 4/17/2009 @ 11:09am
RR - thank you again for staving off rain.

Dave L. Them's fightin' words. You and I will have our own stick man competitiion! We need to use someone else's chalk that will make us chalk noob, log jammers but no longer chickens or poppers.

by Elle on 4/17/2009 @ 11:39am
Rain or no it doesn't look like I'm going to make it. Unexpected work is holding me captive.

by Erik on 4/17/2009 @ 11:46am
Current Frost Park Condition: Overcast, sidewalks totally dry.

by NineInchNachos on 4/17/2009 @ 12:58pm
12:30 rain destroyed all art on flat surfaces. Andrea and Ariel are only survivors.

by jamesstoweart on 4/17/2009 @ 1:07pm
My piece was designed to ironically succumb to rain. It was a premediated eventuality. Stowe is all poetic today in his Zombie Obama tee-shirt. Also, I vote for my son's sprawling Pokemon and alphabet scribbles... cause he braved the rain while is mother and sister called us crazy.

by Erik on 4/17/2009 @ 1:54pm
Let the voting begin!!!!


RR Anderson:

Andrea aka Lupingoddess:

Adam the Alien:

Mark Monlux:


Unknown artist:

Ariel and John

More pictures at:


by MarkMonlux on 4/17/2009 @ 2:16pm
More photos can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/29437837@N08/sets/...

by izenmania on 4/17/2009 @ 2:21pm
Erik, the one you have marked as "Unknown Artist" is RxR's entry. And the one marked as Adam's is mostly Joel's, with a little bit of Adam's in the corner.

by ALT on 4/17/2009 @ 2:53pm
A couple photos of my finished piece: Rorschach of Watchman with a nod to his Tacoma counterpart. So...what do you see?


by MarkMonlux on 4/17/2009 @ 2:59pm
While I was laying down chalk, a dried up worm peeled up off the sidewalk. What is the slang for squished bugs and insects, not roadkill, this is the sidewalk we are talking about here.

by Elle on 4/17/2009 @ 3:10pm
Ha! I wasn't crazy for not showing up. I think the effects of the rain enhanced some of the pieces (Stowe & RR) while simply washing away others. I give props to Joel for the look of 3 dimensional chalk. But my vote this week is going to Barret Stowe. I'm a huge closet Pokemon fan.

by NineInchNachos on 4/17/2009 @ 3:14pm
sunny as hell right now in frost park. not fair.

hands down I vote for Andrea. damn that's clever.

by Lance Kagey on 4/17/2009 @ 3:18pm
I find Stowe's piece really intriguing. It seems like the dream of a sun. I vote Stowe.


by Lance Kagey on 4/17/2009 @ 3:19pm
Andrea's is damn clever.

by Adam the Alien on 4/17/2009 @ 3:19pm
Erik, the one you have marked as "Unknown Artist" is RxR's entry. And the one marked as Adam's is mostly Joel's, with a little bit of Adam's in the corner.

Yeah, I was using the space around Joel's drawing. Joel's is what survived. Mine completely melted away long before I could finish it.

Ha! I wasn't crazy for not showing up.

Yes you were, but most of us were also crazy in not choosing vertical drawing spaces. You were eve crazier for not showing up last week, when it didn't rain. :-D :-P

Crazy is relative, and the crazies always think everyone else is crazy. So does that make everyone crazy?

Video of the mess forthcoming, currently struggling with the fact that I filled up my shiny new terabyte drive without realizing it. Gotta clear some space or set up my 2TB external drive.

by droid116 on 4/17/2009 @ 3:20pm
My second place vote goes to Stowe's son who showed me every letter of the alphabet that he had chalked all around Frost Park. Apple doesn't fall very far from the tree there.

My first place vote goes to the Andrea's Rorschach flying turtle face. Just overall cool.

by Altered Chords on 4/17/2009 @ 3:41pm
Mary went back after the sun came out to finish. But too late.

I vote for andrea. Damn Clever.

by Erik on 4/17/2009 @ 3:47pm

(Cropped from photo by Monlux)

My first place vote goes to the Andrea's Rorschach flying turtle face. Just overall cool.

Yep. I vote for Andrea's piece as well. Scary version of HFW.

Erik, the one you have marked as "Unknown Artist" is RxR's entry. And the one marked as Adam's is mostly Joel's, with a little bit of Adam's in the corner.

Thanks for the clarification izenmania.

by mzkrug on 4/17/2009 @ 4:17pm
I vote for Jon & Ariel.

by Dianne on 4/17/2009 @ 4:20pm
Jon and Ariel. I love the concept and the fact that it was tandem piece. Two artists working on different sides of the portal.

by kathy on 4/17/2009 @ 4:21pm
Andrea! (that's my vote)

by Joel 413 on 4/17/2009 @ 4:24pm
I watched Andrea work on the Roschach for a good 45 minutes (well, while working on my own piece) And I never picked up on teh flying turtle un til she made it blatant above.

I VOTE for Andrea this week.

I think Adam and I will have to collaborate again sometime... maybe even try this piece again, who knows. With Adam's unplanned plan, I think the whole thing would have been really cool.

by NineInchNachos on 4/17/2009 @ 4:53pm
need help thinking of salty jargon for:

- people with sack lunches
- distinguished members of the media
- that one guy with the BIA leafblower
- policemen (today Electric Eliot was pumped for info by a policemen in a patrol car)
- a participant with children
- typos in a chalk submission
- people who work from sketches vs folks who draw off the cuff

by Adam the Alien on 4/17/2009 @ 4:59pm
I'm with Joel. I didn't notice the flying turtle at all until the pictures were posted here.

Andrea gets my vote, both for referencing a wonderful cultural phenomenon (Watchmen) and for being sneaky in how she referenced ANOTHER wonderful cultural phenomenon (R.R. Anderson).

by AngelaJossy on 4/17/2009 @ 5:22pm
I vote Andrea.

by NineInchNachos on 4/17/2009 @ 6:00pm
today marks the return of Jeremy (aka the garfield kid) AND the Tacoma Urbanist.

nice work team!


by Frinklin on 4/17/2009 @ 6:44pm
Man, i wondered what turnout would be on a day like today. I have to give my vote to Andrea. That's just cool.

I do want to hear RR talk like Roschach too. Hurm...

by Courtney on 4/17/2009 @ 6:47pm
My vote this week is for my son Barrett. I've watched his emerging Pokemon drawing skills over the last few weeks and I am so glad he took it to the chalk off!

I second Joel's idea of moving the Frost Park 'thing' to it's own place so it would be easier to find.

by Wings_of_Change on 4/17/2009 @ 9:34pm
Well, I'm gonna vote for Jon and my piece. I was really happy to get him chalking, and I thought it came out great.

My second place vote defiantly goes to Stowe. It almost looked like a blue fireball. Way to use the elements.

by Adam the Alien on 4/17/2009 @ 11:17pm
So I joked with our dear Tacoma Urbanist, earlier, that he must've brought the rain with him upon returning to Frost Park.

Well...he also seems to have jinxed me.

I have footage of Eric talking about my videos and saying that I seem to have resolved the issues I was having last year in getting things captured and up in a timely manner.

Today's video would've been up by 3:30pm...except EVERYTHING WENT WRONG.

It's uploading now, and I pray it finishes uploading before the Internet goes out.

Eric, man...first rain, now you're jinxing my videos? Tsk tsk, man...tsk tsk. :-D

by Erik on 4/17/2009 @ 11:51pm
Eric, man...first rain, now you're jinxing my videos? Tsk tsk, man...tsk tsk

Hang in there Adam. I am slowly but surely getting addicted to the Adam the Alien u tube videos.



by Adam the Alien on 4/18/2009 @ 8:25am
I don't have time to count it up...on first glance, I'm guessing Andrea won?

Yesterday's video can be found here:

Click on the "HQ" in the corner of the screen for happy, shiny Higher Quality.

by Erik on 4/18/2009 @ 8:51am
I don't have time to count it up...on first glance, I'm guessing Andrea won?

Yep. Looks fairly close, but Andrea looks to have picked up Episode III from Season II.

Anyone care to add the votes up?

by Joel 413 on 4/18/2009 @ 9:23am
Vote Tally:
Andrea: 9
Jon & Ariel: 3
Barret: 2
Stowe: 1

by Erik on 4/18/2009 @ 10:11am
Congrats on winning Andrea!


by FrostPark on 4/18/2009 @ 5:43pm
Erik and RR

contact me at jilarson@u.washington.edu for the password to the feedtacoma blog i.feedtacoma.com/FrostPark/

Joel 413

by MarkMonlux on 4/20/2009 @ 2:13pm
Better luck next week, Adam.
Adam the Alien