Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 14, 2009 at 1:14am

Hungry Chalk Artists Battle for $20 Worth of Food at Pita Pit at Frost Park at Noon

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

Weekly inspirational artistic type message from cartoonist RR Anderson:

Cloudy with a chance of meat

Frost Park says nothing. Completely passive, acted upon but never acting, the concrete lies there like the bare skeleton of Being, spare, sparse, austere, utterly worthless, inviting not love but contemplation. In its simplicity and order it suggests the classical, except that Frost Park is a realm beyond the human and in the classicist view only the human is regarded as significant or even recognized as real. 

Despite its clarity and simplicity, however, Frost Park wears at the same time, paradoxically, a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive hint of something unknown, unknowable, about to be revealed. Since Frost Park does not act it seems to be waiting--but waiting for what?

A Very Famous Person


Friday, August 14 

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 PITA PIT, best pita filled pits in Tacoma according to "BEST OF TACOMA 2009" as seen in the Tacoma Weekly. $20 gift coupon! Enjoy the cool clean taste of pitas washed down with a frothy pint of fresh squeezed pita pit juice.  This is America damn it. Turtle Island... a place where pita pits are dug... a place for men and women to dream and create life.  THE PITA PIT!                   

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


last weeks BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE winner:  Brian Bartlebaugh! 
Prize: meal ticket
Sponsor: Puget Sound Pizza

see photos:

*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.  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 [39]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 8/14/2009 @ 1:43am
Awesome graphic RR for this week RR.


by Joel 413 on 8/14/2009 @ 6:18am

With South 13th closed to keep the Luzon Building from falling on anyone, there's been al kinds of redirection for the buses. A result of this is that all curb parking around Frost Park has been temporarily prohibited. So for those of us who usually drive to the park, I suggest alternative transportation... I don't even thing the Light Rail is running... Geez.

by Erik on 8/14/2009 @ 9:28am
Thanks Joel.

The scene on Pacific Avenue has changed completely as well with all of the bus stops temporarily located on Pacific. The area is flooded with people and will again today until the LINK is fixed.

Might be a lot more spectators walking by.

by jamesstoweart on 8/14/2009 @ 9:33am
I am not going to make it down this week... I am officially on vacation. Kicking off our vacation with an early afternoon showing of Ponyo!


Hayao Miyazaki should be today's theme! I may not have gotten free pizza due to a technicality, but I still want the ability to determine theme.

In fact... I am offering a special secret art prize to this week's winner if (AND ONLY IF) the winning entry is Miyazaki themed.

GO AND CREATE! (wish was I there with you)

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 9:51am
stowe: message received!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 8/14/2009 @ 10:32am
Personally I like that the buses have been leaving from Pacific. For the last few days Pacific has been a whole new street and in a good way.

by fredo on 8/14/2009 @ 10:49am
I find it interesting that someone would open a restaurant and use the word "PIT" as part of the name.

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 11:00am
I too echo the like of pacific transit. Commerce just seems so damn claustrophobic and dirty by comparison. It's like Pacific was made to have large transit devices lumbering up and down her.

by KevinFreitas on 8/14/2009 @ 11:35am
Radar is looking clear. See everyone at noon!

by KevinFreitas on 8/14/2009 @ 1:44pm
Here are pics of this week's entries:

by Mark Monlux

by RR Anderson

by Joel

by Adam the Alien

by Brian Bartlebaugh

More over at KFnet

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 1:48pm

by izenmania on 8/14/2009 @ 1:59pm
I vote turtle.

by MarkMonlux on 8/14/2009 @ 2:27pm
I vote for the Tacoma Mafia.

by Joel 413 on 8/14/2009 @ 2:31pm
I vote for Tacoma 'ville' - by Joel

by Emilie has one foot on shore on 8/14/2009 @ 2:33pm
At first glance, I thought he was a break-dancing turtle, which was enough to set my vote. But then I realized those were not whirling legs but trees in some sort of pink hazy atmospheric glow on the back of the turtle who carries the world. I still prefer the idea of a break-dancing turtle-deity, mind you, but the glowing trees are also pretty neat.
I also vote turtle.

by hiddenmickey on 8/14/2009 @ 2:44pm
Well, everyone did a great job this week. I am a car lover and vote for Brian. The Tacoma Mafia is a close second though.

by Altered Chords on 8/14/2009 @ 3:01pm
I, Altered Chords, do hearby vote for Brian.

by Erik on 8/14/2009 @ 3:46pm
Nice entries. Looks like another domination by Brian.

I vote for Brian.

by Joel 413 on 8/14/2009 @ 4:00pm
BTW, here is the inspiration for my piece today: I've been spending way too much time on Facebook.

by jamesstoweart on 8/14/2009 @ 5:21pm
I dig Adam's world turtle. I vote for Adam this week. (even though RxR is the only actual Miyazaki reference I saw. My wife loves world turtles and that one is a great one. Excellent job Adam.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 8/14/2009 @ 6:32pm
Give me a good Iroquois creation myth any day of the week. I vote for Adam the Alien, nice work.

by Earthdaughter on 8/14/2009 @ 7:25pm
Sorry we missed you today. Jim and I have been enjoying Old Time Music Campout in Centralia since Tuesday. Accented by the meteor shower Wednesday night! So in the spirit of celestial manifestations, I'm voting for Adam's turtle earth also. (Besides, we gotta feed this kid!)

by KevinFreitas on 8/14/2009 @ 8:15pm
I love RR's homage to their new bike and Mark's more morbid creation cracked me up and disturbed me just a little. Which is a bonus combination! Brian's piece is extra meaningful 'cause he dedicated it to a buddy of his who's just back (or coming back soon) from Afghanistan. I believe, correct me if I'm wrong, Brian was the first to use stencils today as well to help with the white stars. Great idea! But, since I personally believe it's his best all around piece, I gotta vote Adam and his turtle this week. It's simply beautiful. Well done man!

by crockawaddy on 8/14/2009 @ 8:22pm
Turtles AND aliens! Love it. Give my vote to the alien named Adam.

by morgan on 8/14/2009 @ 8:31pm
Wow! Adam has really stepped it up - good job! Joel has also kicked it up a notch. Of course, Mark's 3D perspective is top notch. As a fan of all things Rat Fink though, I have to vote for Brian's hot rod.

by kiru13 on 8/14/2009 @ 8:34pm
Turtles,earth,and aliens.3 of my fav things!Give my vote to Adam the alien!

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 8:36pm
Adam the Alien's Giant Turtle Island

City in the Clouds

Brian's Pony Car

Brian's Pony Car

RR's Schwinn Twinn

Buying Derek's Schwinn Twinn

RR's The Schwinn Twinn (recently purchased from Gig Harbor City Councilman and Exit133 creator Derek Young)

Mark Monlux: Tacoma Mafia

Mark Monlux buries his competitors.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/14/2009 @ 8:58pm
What is that? A V-12? So, as much as I like the car, Adam's mythology is sick... and I love both mythology and sickness.

I vote for Adam.

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 9:07pm
Adam's turtles are always happy looking. Therefore I vote for myself. I vote for RR's most excellent bicycle!

by NEAL on 8/14/2009 @ 10:03pm
I hereby cast my personal, unique vote for Joel!

by Gini Ruth on 8/14/2009 @ 10:07pm
I vote for the 3D feet. I wish I could have come down but alas work kept me away.

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2009 @ 10:12pm
wow I look cool in this pic RR
nice work mark

by tacomachickadee on 8/14/2009 @ 10:17pm
As the new owner of a two-person bicycle as well ... I vote for RR's piece. :)

by ensie on 8/14/2009 @ 10:33pm

by Adam the Alien on 8/14/2009 @ 11:56pm
I've got to vote for RR, because he accomplished what I could not - a Miyazaki reference. I thought of many, but could not draw them. Though Joel believes my turtle looks Miyazaki-esque. I did try to go for the Miyazaki deal of weird, ethereal...stuff. Alas, I could not think of any actual reference that I was capable of drawing, especially since the last time I saw a Miyazaki film, it was Howl's Moving Castle while it was in its theatrical run. So my memory's hazy on specific appearances.

by Joel 413 on 8/15/2009 @ 12:35am
Ok, my insomnia continues.. yes 12:23 is insomnia for me... Anyway... the tally.

Total Votes (20):
Adam: 9
Brian: 4
RR: 3
Joel: 2
Mark: 2


I suggest a Philly Cheesesteak Pita with double meat, peppers and grilled onions. don't get mayo or lettuce.

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2009 @ 8:05am
Go Adam!

by KevinFreitas on 8/15/2009 @ 8:13am
Huzzah! Well done Adam and everyone. The pieces were few but they were all excellent showings. Enjoy that Pita Pit Adam!

by MarkMonlux on 8/15/2009 @ 11:17am
And he sweeps the competition. Way to go Adam!