Tacoma Urbanist

Sep. 4, 2009 at 12:05am

"Haunted Tools" Await Today's Artistic Victor At The Frost Park Chalk Off At Noon

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

Either one accepts... or they don't 

An all powerful God creates everything in existence, on his time schedule. That is true in the 1st century or the 51st century or the 151st century. 

One needs to come to the understanding that there is a hierarchy in this worldview. God is the infinite Creator. Man is the finite creation. In this hierarchy, Martian microbes or your pet squirrel are not equal to God or to man. 

Think about that the next time you see people dressed in chicken suits protesting in front of McDonald's Restaurant. They are freely excercising their man-made religion of syncretism [sic].

Mofo from the Hood, on alien life


Friday, September 04 

12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

1 hour. free chalk. community art challenge. win prize(s)!

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Prize: Drill Press
Sponsor: Benevolent Mystery Donor

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*when you vote for your favorite chalk art don't frigging forget to use the word "VOTE" in your comment!

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.

Should you wish to offer general encouragement to an artists, feel free to simply mention their name below or give them other compliments.  However, if you wish to vote for a particular chalk off artist (chalkie), above all other entries, then use the word "vote" in your comment in reference to the artist or their entry.

Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Roommates, spouses, significant others, friends and acquaintances may have their vote counted with their own Feed Tacoma avatar. 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:

Become a Fan of Frost Park on Facebook

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scoreboard

Adam the Alien explains how to vote at a Frost Park Chalk Off

comments [65]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 12:17am
Hard to believe we are already up to episode 23.

Does that mean there are only 7 more Frost Park Chalk Off episodes after this?

by Joel 413 on 9/4/2009 @ 5:42am
Alas and alack, work commitments will be keeping me away this week and next :(

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 7:43am
I won't be able to make it. hopefully somebody will bring extra community chalk!

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/4/2009 @ 9:05am
I pray that your event be blessed with Chicken McNuggets falling from Heaven.

by Dave_L on 9/4/2009 @ 12:17pm
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with today! I work too far away now to even occasionally show up in person. Next Wednesday, September 9th, it will be 32 years since Officer Larry Frost (for whom the park was named soon after its completion), was murdered in the line of duty. I might write a small blog entry on the park, so Kevin, if there is a way I can email you and get back those early park photos (or if there's someone you can get them to whom I can come get them, I'd like to include those photos. I miss the chalk-off!

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 1:31pm
I wonder what Adam the alien will do?

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 1:49pm

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 2:09pm
Hellooo! Anybody home?

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 2:16pm
post your pics if you got them! Max enjoyed the children's museum in Olympia sorry we missed it.

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 2:17pm

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 2:31pm

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 2:33pm
Does anyone have any pictures today of the Frost Park entries?

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 2:36pm

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 2:45pm
oi, disaster!

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 2:52pm
There was a woman there with a camera that took pictures of all of the entries and we discussed how to post them. We will see.

Less than 8.5 hours left to vote for the winner!

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 2:58pm
are you still downtown Erik? After work could you snap some cell phone pics as backup?

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:05pm

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:07pm
Less than 8.5 hours left to vote. Yikes!

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:07pm
Could you snap some cell phone pics as backup?

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:10pm
Could you snap some cell phone pics as backup,Erik?

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:16pm
this has nothing to do with this but try to go to this web site later www.ninetyone.canby.k12.or.us/

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 3:21pm
Ok. I just saw that my cell phone was on auto capture when I was at Frost Park.

Here are a few entries, but not all of them:

Unknown clothing store owner artist

Adam the Alien



by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 3:24pm
I vote for Adam the Alien!

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 3:25pm
I love Adam the alien so give my vote to him!

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 3:28pm
Brian's is really funny... in the tragic sense

by KevinFreitas on 9/4/2009 @ 4:04pm
Sorry gang but I was driving south today during Frost Park. We should just setup a webcam at the park. I withhold my vote in case any other entry photos surface.

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 4:14pm
You are such a meanie

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 4:16pm
when I said I love Adam the alien I meant like a big brother:)!

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 4:56pm
Ok folks. All is not lost. It is raining at Frost Park, but here is what I salvaged:

Unknown artist No. 2

Adam the Alien's finished piece

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 4:57pm

Unknown artist No. 3

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 4:58pm

Unknown artist No. 4

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 4:59pm

Unknown artist No. 5

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 4:59pm

Unknown artist No. 6

by MarkMonlux on 9/4/2009 @ 5:06pm
Lunch with a friend from out of town (and my wife) kept me from coming down and participating at Frost Park today. I will try to get there next week.

I do like the homage to the classic Japanese wave print. Very nice. The surrealness of Unknown artist No. 4 was very captivating. But, without a name I find it hard to cast a vote for him. I love the childish simplicity of Unknown artist No. 5. But, it's Brian's hanging picture of a whale that gets my vote this week.

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 5:25pm
I believe brian's art is in reference to the dead whale that was impaled on the prow of a cargo vessel over at the port.

I'm going to have to vote for brian as well.

the Japanese wave is awesome too however.

lots of unknown artists! very cool!

by kiru13 on 9/4/2009 @ 5:28pm
I still vote for Adam the alien

by daydreamer on 9/4/2009 @ 6:02pm
I'm voting for Adam the alien because I really like that bee!

by Earthdaughter on 9/4/2009 @ 6:02pm
Ok, folks, "unknown clothing store artist" is Julie, came to have lunch with Izenman (sp?); "Unknown artist #2" is Jim and Patricia (read the fine print!); "unknown artist #3" is - duh! - Raul!! And he says he'll be back next week; "unknown artist #4" is Brian's 2nd piece (I'll let him tell you about why there are two, etc. My lips are sealed!); "unknown artist #5 is the young guy with the purple spiky mohawk who's been there before but said he didn't care about entering the contest. He just wanted to chalk! Whoo hoo! And "unknown #6" was a lady and her grandson (?) who chalked after 1 pm.

So all that being said, I'm going to vote for Jim and my piece for artistic reference to Hokusai's "The Wave" adapted for Tacoma by substituting Mt. Rainier and adding the full moon for today's lunar happening. Betcha didn't know all that was in there, huh!

And I loved Adam's tribute to the bee that chased him around the park while he was looking for inspiration for a chalk piece! Be careful what you ask for, Adam!

Ok enough! Sorry so many couldn't make it, but we had fun.

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 6:59pm
Hokusai rules. Nice work Patricia

by Tat2Fan on 9/4/2009 @ 8:08pm
my vote is for Brian

by Tataddict on 9/4/2009 @ 8:13pm
I Break for Whales! My Vote is for Brian

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 8:22pm

"his name is salvation"

Kenny Rogers?

by BodyGuard55 on 9/4/2009 @ 8:31pm
I love the Jesus Peace ..and the message... But on the flip side I am into Ocean creatures... My vote is for Brian

by Bjr on 9/4/2009 @ 8:44pm
I am not going to be around much in the future. I am headed back to work soon. I will still stop by at odd times to leave my chalk. Halloween.! CAN'T wait.
My vote this week is for me, Brian

Many more Fridays drawn in my head.....Keep a look out!

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 9:17pm
I will still stop by at odd times to leave my chalk.


by Adam the Alien on 9/4/2009 @ 9:59pm
Hm...there were others who took pictures who said they'd post them here. Most notably muttonofthesea (on Twitter). Wonder why they haven't been posted.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/4/2009 @ 10:07pm
Unknown Artist #5's experiment in color and form juxtaposition is beyond comparison with the other entries. His/her/it's departure from the use of black, and strict adherence to pastels has produced a work that evokes an inexplicable eeriness.

He/she/it challenges the viewer to look beyond the superficial direct qualities of an image and instead delve into the mystery of what comes through those transparent face like images.

But it's a trap.

This work by Unknown Artist #5 defies a frame of reference. It defies a point of relevance. It is nothing less than a point of conflict.


by KevinFreitas on 9/4/2009 @ 10:21pm
Bummed I missed out today but it's great to see work by so many new chalkers! Brian's whale piece is pretty stunning and know the context behind Adam's cracks me up! I gotta for for the waves though especially since they remind me a bit of Dave L's version done last season that featured the Kalakala:

This week's piece by Jim and Patricia:

by Erik on 9/4/2009 @ 10:37pm
I gotta for for the waves though especially since they remind me a bit of Dave L's version done last season that featured the Kalakala:

So close to a vote Kevin. So close. :)

"for for"?

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 10:45pm
kevin votes for the wave... but he needs to use the word vote. gah!

by Courtney on 9/4/2009 @ 10:45pm
My vote is for Adam!

by deeble interactive on 9/4/2009 @ 10:49pm
1 vote for lance's triptych smiley faces

by NineInchNachos on 9/4/2009 @ 11:04pm
In a dream I saw a way to survive and was filled with joy...


by crockawaddy on 9/4/2009 @ 11:05pm
Adamthealien gets my vote. Love the look on the alin and the bee's faces - the hunter and the hunted.

by AngelaJossy on 9/4/2009 @ 11:07pm
I vote Brian. I like how the tale sticks out of the frame. I like that there *is* a frame and that it is 3D with a shadow and everything. I also like whales and water in general. I almost voted for the waves by Patricia and Jim. It was a close call. Do you think the rain influenced people to do water-themed pieces this week?

by ElectricElliot on 9/4/2009 @ 11:14pm
In a dream I saw a way to survive and was filled with joy...


Close, RR. But ceci nes pa un pipe.

by NEAL on 9/4/2009 @ 11:15pm
My vote is for Brian. Mmm whale.

by JoesGal on 9/4/2009 @ 11:23pm
Close call this week. Glad you were able to chalk. Gotta vote for the Whale. My vote is for Brian

by babycakes on 9/4/2009 @ 11:35pm
I vote for Brian! Save the Whales!!

by Dave_L on 9/5/2009 @ 12:01am
I vote for Jim and Patricia's "Great Wave off Tacoma."

by Dave_L on 9/5/2009 @ 12:06am
I know that vote was a minute late.... I was having nagging signing-in and password re-set issues for half-an hour until I finally gave it a try on Firefox.

Thanks for the mention, Kevin. I, too, was playing off the same Hokusai print, but I like how Jim and Patricia's captures the feel much more naturally. Hmmm. perhaps Hokusai's entire wood-block series of 36 Views of Mt. Fuji can be done with Mt. Tahoma....
Given the wet weather, another appropriate inspiration could be another favorite of mine, from the same period, by Hiroshige:

by KevinFreitas on 9/5/2009 @ 8:34am
I voted for the waves. Let my intention be known. And, with that, here at the vote counts:

Brian: 9
Adam: 5
Jim & Patricia: 3
Lance: 1

Congrats to Brian and we look forward to seeing what you deposit at the park from time to time! Hope to see you there again soon!

by Erik on 9/5/2009 @ 4:02pm
Nice work Brian. Congrats!

by NineInchNachos on 9/5/2009 @ 5:47pm
right on.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/5/2009 @ 6:22pm
As I am too late to the party to vote, I can't vote... obviously. BUT I can say that I like Jim & Patricia's waves the best.