Tacoma Urbanist

May. 8, 2009 at 12:05am

Jeremy Defends His Chalk Off Title at Frost Park Today at Noon

Last week, all of the regular chalkies were beaten by

The Greatest Illustrator In the Universe of Tacoma: Jeremy

(Jeremy showed great valor)

But it is a new week.

Today's Inspiration Message from RR Anderson to Encourage Attendance:

Businesses are _____ during construction.  

"We can do things like these CHALK DRAWINGS that are amusing as a sort of light entertainment or we can do work that is more serious in scope and feeling and that deals with issues; emotional, spiritual, political; of great importance." ~ Curmudgeonly Funk 0 Rama Lady  


Friday, MAY 8 
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: a PAT ON THE BACK administered by YOURSELF! 
Sponsor: The Tacoma Art Museum

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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 [61]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 5/8/2009 @ 12:21am
Weather icon for today's chalk off from the Tribune:

Chance of Rain: 10 Percent

Cloud Cover: 36 Percent

by intacoma on 5/8/2009 @ 8:23am
Jeremy your Marvin shirt is pretty much awesome, good luck!

by Altered Chords on 5/8/2009 @ 8:57am
It's Commerce Terriyaki. Commercial Terriyaki is a very large production facility near Hanford that makes Terriaki for other restaurants, costco and wal mart.

We deeply appreciate Commerce Terriaki's generous offer of H2O. Their water was rated #1 in the "water at a terriaki restaurant in Tacoma" category by the readers of "Go Local or Die" magazine.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 8:59am
The Tacoma Art Museum has actually donated a prize for Jeremy (I just need to pick it up): A Giant Mammoth cardboard cutout by famous artist/architect David Macaulay... in addition to a few complementary passes.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:42am
Adam our 2009 CLAW scholarship winner and expert pumpkin illustrator will likely be joining in on some chalk action today.

by KevinFreitas on 5/8/2009 @ 11:42am
Sweet! See everyone at Frost Park!

by Erik on 5/8/2009 @ 11:45am
Wow. Great weather!

by Dave_L on 5/8/2009 @ 12:48pm
Sweet prize! Good luck everyone!

by jamesstoweart on 5/8/2009 @ 1:18pm
I go ahead and get my vote out of the way early... I have Star Trek to bravely go to this evening.

My son created, in his words, "A fat potato with claws and a dinosaur cat and a muffin". How can I not reward mad creativity like that?

I vote for Barrett and his fevered 5-year-old genius.

by Dave_L on 5/8/2009 @ 1:33pm
I wish I was going to the show, too, Stowe. If I thought I’d make it to FP today, I would have tried a nerdy take-off on it. Enjoy the show. And remember, Tacoma is the “City on the Edge of Tomorrow.”

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 2:08pm
I vote for me, not only becase Latin and Crows are a fracking sweet combo, but also because it looks sad if you don't even get your own vote.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 2:14pm
will post my pics tonight. hang in there folks! great work everybody. complete media saturation from our friends at the TNT!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 2:15pm
it was fun to meet the Tacoma Urbanist's ultra attractive lady friend from NY.

by Erik on 5/8/2009 @ 3:28pm
Great turnout. Nice to see the News Tribune there in force. Looking forward to seeing their piece as well as the pictures from the multiple photographers there.

by Adam the Alien on 5/8/2009 @ 3:51pm
The Tacoma Art Museum has actually donated a prize for Jeremy (I just need to pick it up): A Giant Mammoth cardboard cutout by famous artist/architect David Macaulay... in addition to a few complementary passes.

Holy crap, that's a damn fine prize. I hope Jeremy has a place to put it!

Now where are the pictures, dammit?

by Darkain on 5/8/2009 @ 4:02pm
@Adam: You just couldnt wait TEN minutes, could you? :P Here, just for that remark, I'll put your pic here as the first preview from my gallery from today!!


by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 4:16pm
wow! nice pics!!!

by tacomachickadee on 5/8/2009 @ 5:30pm
I vote Adam the Alien & Stowe's creation!

And I can't believe I haven't been able to make more than a couple minutes of any Frost Park yet. Rgh. What is UP with my Fridays!?!? Hoping to catch the tail end of next week at least ... :(

by Adam the Alien on 5/8/2009 @ 5:34pm
@Tacomachickadee Stowe and I actually drew two different things...I just integrated his in after he left, without his knowledge. :-D

Adam the Art Thief strikes again!

by Adam the Alien on 5/8/2009 @ 5:35pm
Though one can easily view the three different entries on that square of sidewalk as one mega-entry, in a way. It all works so nicely as one, however unintentionally that came about.

by Erik on 5/8/2009 @ 5:54pm
Nice entries and photo sets. I vote the Howdy Cactus.

by Lance Kagey on 5/8/2009 @ 7:12pm
I vote Stowe.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 8:14pm
TNT video Interview video interview with TNT

RR's Kalakala in 3D! KALAKALA! in 3D

Andrea: Lone Wolf Andrea: Lone Wolf

Thorax O'Tool, First for Season 2 Welcome Throax o' Tool, prolific exit133 commenter!

The New Stowe (lean + mean) following stowe's autobiographical comic.

Adam the Alien goes "ZIM" Adam the Alien's Alien goes ZIM

Electric Elliot (snappy dresser) best dressed: Electric Elliot

Adam M. Botsford (CLAW scholarship winner Adam Botsford)

by Wings_of_Change on 5/8/2009 @ 10:19pm
wow, I'm really sorry I missed this week.... It looks as though the chalkers were amazing! Voting will be hard. Luckily, I still have a few hours to ponder my choices. hmmmm......

by Dianne on 5/8/2009 @ 10:21pm
I vote for the tree and crow in a circle.

Unfortunately Jeremy could not defend his title today. I had a previous engagement as they say but we will be back next week. Same bat time, same bat channel.

by JeremyScott on 5/8/2009 @ 10:23pm
I vote for Adam the Alien.

"I'll be back."

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:24pm
this is a great photo...

Chalk-S2E6-6 - Darkain.com

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:26pm
Hey Jeremy

I'll try and get your prize ready for you at next Frost Park chalk challenge!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:41pm
And where's Dave L? No love for the KalaKala?

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:46pm
my universal google translator doesn't have an option for latin, and If it did I don't know how to input those special characters with the blended AE....

What does it mean Thorax?

Commentary from Ms. Darcy: "I thought the crow one was interesting but I didn't know what it means so it made me feel like a dumb ass"

by Wings_of_Change on 5/8/2009 @ 10:48pm
I was wondering the same thing, what does it mean?

by Wings_of_Change on 5/8/2009 @ 10:50pm
also, I see a pic of Andrea being there, did she chalk this week?

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:50pm
I vote for the Octopus!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 10:52pm
Andrea ended up coming late... she drew a film strip that i believe was intended to be filled in by others.

A bunch of my pictures were to blurry to upload.

by KevinFreitas on 5/8/2009 @ 10:54pm
Left my camera at work so no pics from me before voting ends. Great to see some new faces in Heather, Hersh, Holly, Cory, and Adam and to learn who Thorax is! Even new SiteCrafting'er Phil got in on the action. Great work by all. I'm a sucker for RR's Kalakala/Trek mash-up so my vote goes to him.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 10:59pm
It's of course, Latin. The passage is an excerpt from the Sequence portion of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass. It's a seriously old tradition that went out the door after Vatican 2 in 1969.
Here is the Latin:

Dies iræ, dies illa
Solvet sæclum in favilla

"Day of wrath! Day of mourning!,
a day that the world will dissolve in ashes"

by Libby on 5/8/2009 @ 11:01pm
Octopus please!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 11:02pm
Awesome Thorax :)
Are you Mofo from the Hood?

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 11:14pm
Hey gang NEW adam has posted some pics on his blog too:


by Adam the Alien on 5/8/2009 @ 11:46pm
I vote for RR's U.S.S. Kalakalaprise.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/9/2009 @ 12:00am
I think im going to vote for adam

by Wings_of_Change on 5/9/2009 @ 12:02am
gah! people distracting me! sad......
I know it still wont count, but i started typing that 5 minutes ago...

by Dave_L on 5/9/2009 @ 8:36am
I wish I could have been there, I stopped by after work and right away smiled at Dawn's Star Fleet Command Division insignia in such a prominent spot. And I loved the cowboy/cactus. That's a great wall. Up the sidewalk there were some great ones, nice colors and designs. I was trying to think what to vote for, then turned around to see the Kalakala with it's nacelles glowing about to go into warp. Sadly, I didn't get on-line all evening so I couldn't cast my vote, but you know anything with a Kalaka would clinch a Dave_L vote. Sorry I didn't get to vote in time, RR, but it might be the best Kalakala yet. If there was a weekly vote for best photo, I agree with RR and I'd give photo of the season to Darkain's mentioned above...(I guess I don't need to post the photo a third time)
Oh, I almost forgot, the guy that did this one would have been a close second for me - Simple, yet brilliant:

(I need to see if I can start working 4 10's.)

by MarkMonlux on 5/9/2009 @ 9:04am
I vote for the Octopus! Don't look at that time signature. I fell asleep last night before I could vote.

by Adam the Alien on 5/9/2009 @ 10:09am
There are a metric fuckton of people who didn't vote at all this week. Must've been a busy Friday.

by Adam the Alien on 5/9/2009 @ 10:27am
Okay, so here's what the count looks like to me, unless I missed something...

Barrett - I
Thorax - I
Stowe - I
Adam the Alien- I
NEW Adam's Octopus - I
Howdy Cactus (drawn by...?) - I

TALLY OF ALL LEGAL VOTES (even if late):
Barrett - I
Thorax - I
Stowe - I
Adam the Alien - II
NEW Adam's octopus - II
Howdy Cactus (drawn by...?) - I

Stowe/Adam the Alien combined - I
(I didn't know how to make the above vote work, since the piece was not an official collaboration, but rather another example of Adam the Alien's amazing ability to steal the artwork of others to integrate into his own work.)

NEW Adam's octopus - I
(I do not know if the above vote was an actual vote. Libby, please use the word "vote" in your vote to clarify that your vote is an actual vote with voting rights of votasticness.)

So, unless there are any objections, I declare R.R. Anderson's U.S.S. Kalakalaprise - from the hit show Tacoma Trek - to be the winner of this, the sixth week of the second year of the Frost Park Chalk-Off.

by Dave_L on 5/9/2009 @ 10:51am
Make it so!
(O.K., I admit it, I simply fell asleep before voting, too.)

by tacomachickadee on 5/9/2009 @ 2:19pm
Damn you AdamTheAlien! You even fool your own sister!?!? Damn you!

by jenyum on 5/9/2009 @ 4:52pm
I was supposed to let you all know that India Mahal would like to sponsor the next chalk off, and possibly do something involving free food which I did not totally understand at the time.

Naturally, I remembered this in the most timely fashion at 2 pm this Friday.

So, anyway - yes call or stop by India Mahal for teh hook up:
(253) 272-5700

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2009 @ 6:50pm

here is a fun kalakala story from spew:

Dennis W said...
When this lovely silver slug was mired in the 'primordial mud' tidal flats of Gibson Bay outside Kodiak, AK, I had an office on the 2nd level as the operations and purchasing manager for Alaska Food Company. This was a new company funded by the State of Alaska (grants) to process bottomfish (a burgeoning industry at that time). The Alaska Food Company lasted just about as long as the state money kept flowing. Prior to that it was a shrimp processing plant for the New England Fish Co. Going down into the bilges of this leviathan was a spooky trip...water level changed with the tide and at times it came within inches of the electrical panels in the bowels of the hull. The massive engines were still in place, eerily silent as they waited fruitlessly for someone to light them off one more time. When Alaska Food Company disbanded and the site (there were other, more modern structures) it fell into disrepair while it was sporadically utilized for other purposes. The neatest thing about that boat was that I rode it occasionally as a child to visit an aunt and uncle in Bremerton way back in the early 50s.

If I am still shuffling about this mortal coil when Mr Rodrigues' dreams come true, I will most certainly visit the grand old lady and see if I can find my old office window and peer out of it...and think of days past.


by Erik on 5/10/2009 @ 11:23am
Congrats RR!

You won!

You get a pat on the back for the prize!

I am liking how the Kalakala model Star Trek version is turning out.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/11/2009 @ 12:14am
"I thought the crow one was interesting but I didn't know what it means so it made me feel like a dumb ass"

"Are you Mofo from the Hood? "

I am not Mofo nor did I intend to make anyone feel like a dumbass.
I had been listening to Mozart's Requiem compulsively for about three days, so the whole death, life, darkeness and light thing had been on my mind.

by Altered Chords on 5/11/2009 @ 10:17am
I regret that I did not vote. It was not due to apathy, just a ton of familial obligations.

Thorax: you can not make anyone feel dumb. Besides, everyone knows chicks dig guys who speak latin. I can't wait to try it out.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/11/2009 @ 10:17pm
I vote for the photo of the poised ragamuffin from the women's shelter.

Is there a cash prize that she can win?

An age-appropriate dress? A bottle of V05 shampoo with enhanced stain remover? A brush and comb set?

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2009 @ 10:25pm
2 little 2 late mofo.

now I am the champion. KALAKALA4EVA!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/11/2009 @ 11:35pm
Chicks dig latin, eh? Actually, the gals I've met don't seem to go for Latin. Les femmes adorent le Français!

Oh and RR... don't be so cocky. I'm going to fsking sink the Kalakala this Friday.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2009 @ 11:49pm
sinking the Kalakala... now there is a challenge :'p

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/12/2009 @ 12:09am
Here's a little dedication for the ragamuffin. Maybe you all will come to understand why I don't even try to portray her in chalk:

There could never be a portrait of my love,
For nobody can paint a dream.
You will never see a portrait of my love,
For miracles are never seen.
Anyone who sees her, soon forgets the Mona Lisa.
It would take I know, a Michaelangelo,
And he would need the glow of dawn,
That paints the sky above,
To try and paint a portrait of my love.

–Written by David West and Cyril Orander.

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2009 @ 1:02am
yeah well my favorite awkward chalk moment was when Throax barked at a happy little child who ventured to draw on Thorax's claimed sidewalk slab.

Children of Tacoma take note: If you want a friendly chalk collaboration, seek thee Adam the Alien.

speaking of the alien I'm trying to design an adam the alien action figure toy using these novelty clip on koala bears...

just need to find i dunno barbie fedora's and gray alien heads?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/12/2009 @ 8:18pm
I did not bark at said child.

I merely removed his soul to add to my collection of the damned.

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2009 @ 9:07pm
Hey! if any body can get in touch with Jeremy, I picked up his autographed woolly mammoth from the Tacoma Art Museum today. I talked them into throwing in a couple complementary passes too. Hopefully he can make it to next chalk off to collect his tacoma trophy.