Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 10, 2008 at 12:17am

Melon Show Releases New Chalk Off Video Episode IX

Today, Electric Elliot from the Melon Show released a great video they took on June 6, 2008, featuring Frost Park Chalk Off Episode IX


("Electric Elliot")

According to the web site:

The Melon Online is an open-forum/community for individualized insights, discussion and enlightenment.

First planted in 2007 as a news and political talk radio show deemed The Melon on KUPS 90.1FM Tacoma, the seeds of melon have grown into an online blog called The Melon Online. Now, The Melon Online serves as the home of the Melonites who deliver daily news ripenings and various seedlings.

For news, opinion and satire that's good enough to eat, taste the Melon.


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Great video showing some hard core chalking on wet pavement of many of the contestants including Dawn, Adam, Andrea and others.  Great interviews of RR Anderson, Stowe and Lance.  The Urbanist even makes an appearance.

Frost Park fashion adviser and Episode IX sponsor Julie Bennett from Urban Xchange really shines and shows how TV interviews are done.

Overall, a great promotional piece of the Frost Park Chalk Offs.

Nice work Electronic Elliot!

Other Frost Park Chalk Off Videos

Adam's "Take Back Frost Park Video" Pre-Chalk Off Era

Where the Sidewalk Ends : Episode I

Elle's : Video of Episode III where Elle prevails

More on Electronic Elliot:

Electric Elliot is the founder of The Melon Online, and was born in the Chicago-land area. He is the co-host and co-founder of KUPS 90.1FM's first talk show The Melon. Elliot draws a weekly (monthly as of late) comic called Bob the Dog  which appeared in the University of Puget Sound's newspaper The Trail.   Elliot also served at the Editor-in-Chief of UPS's literary and arts magazine Crosscurrents.

Elliot has worked in a number of fields, serving in a number of positions from archaeological dig excavator in South Shields, UK, to editorial intern with MAXIM magazine in New York. Elliot graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2008 with BA in liberal arts (English emphasis).

Update: 3:16 p.m. : Below is one of renowned chalking expert Julian Beever's chalking videos.  We have had nine chalk off episodes.  Here's a chance to compare techniques both in chalking and videotaping chalking events.  There are certainly a lot of similarities.

Here it is:

comments [18]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Elle on 6/10/2008 @ 8:43am
Fantastic! I'm hoping to make my return this week. Now if I the rain would just quit so I can brush up on my madd chalk skillz out on the back patio...

by droid116 on 6/10/2008 @ 8:57am
That was a great video. Pacing, shot selection, storytelling of the Chalk Offs were all very well done. I look forward to more from the Melon Online.

by KevinFreitas on 6/10/2008 @ 9:03am
Great video Melon gang. Thanks for coming out with everyone on such a crummy day and we hope to see you (and anyone, for that matter) out there every Friday in Frost Park!

by NineInchNachos on 6/10/2008 @ 9:05am
I have heard rumors that Electric Elliot may be participating in the next chalk off. Which would make him the second webcomic artist to participate.

right on.

by Erik on 6/10/2008 @ 11:05am
That was a great video. Pacing, shot selection, storytelling of the Chalk Offs were all very well done.

Yes. Also, he was able to put the ending and winner in as well as a killer sponsor shot. The complete package.

Looking at the video again, it also shows a couple shots of Julie Bennett holding her hipster umbrella with one hand and chalking with the other.

Here was her submission:


by dawntown on 6/10/2008 @ 11:51am
makes you want to get up and dance,dance, dance. Or chalk, chalk, chalk.

Hear ye, hear ye, the NEW FACE of Fashion...STOWE.

Awesome work, everyone!

by AP on 6/10/2008 @ 12:36pm
Any photos of Stowe post-stylist-encounter? We the people deserve a little taste..

by jamesstoweart on 6/10/2008 @ 12:38pm
I have yet to have my frightening encounter with the stylistically inclined.

I'll make sure to post Pre and Post What Not To Wear Stowe pics when it happens.

by Erik on 6/10/2008 @ 12:42pm
I'll make sure to post Pre and Post What Not To Wear Stowe pics when it happens.

We are all going to be looking for the Urban Xchange ads Stowe. That's for sure. No doubt they will be posted on the internets for everyone to see.

Your fashion adventure could be a story and video in itself.

Hard to say how it will come out in the end. I suspect it will be something like the "chalkie hipster" look.

by AP on 6/10/2008 @ 1:20pm
I would like to request that a cardigan and plaid pants be incorporated into this ensemble.

by NineInchNachos on 6/10/2008 @ 1:31pm
there's a high quality video version here...


by Erik on 6/10/2008 @ 3:23pm
there's a high quality video version here.


I have added my favorite Julian Beever's chalking video above.

Perhaps Julian will come participate in a Frost Park Chalk Off. He travels the world to chalk.

Tacoma was able to bring Kunstler to Tacoma. Why not Julian Beever?

Here's the link:


(BTW, he had more than an hour for his piece)

The victor of an episode with Julian in it would be deemed the "best illustrator in the universe" period.

by ElectricElliot on 6/10/2008 @ 4:26pm
Glad everyone enjoyed the video.

I might try to work on getting Julian down to Tacoma. That would be a wonderful addition to the Chalk Offs.

by Erik on 6/10/2008 @ 4:33pm
I might try to work on getting Julian down to Tacoma. That would be a wonderful addition to the Chalk Offs.

That would be great.

It would the the ultimate chalk off and rival any art event in Tacoma since Chihuly sprayed ketchup bottles of paint on hundreds of children's shoes at the Foss Waterway a couple of years ago.

by Elle on 6/10/2008 @ 9:17pm
y'all know Beever is a brit right. That would be a reeealy long trip for an hour challenge.

by Erik on 6/10/2008 @ 9:33pm
y'all know Beever is a brit right. That would be a reeealy long trip for an hour challenge.

Yes. But he tours the world and has "performed" in a great many cities in the US.

If he came here, I think he would need to have a main chalking event where he constructs a huge pierce of artwork over a day or two with a significant sponsor.

While he is here though, it would be nice to see if he could be persuaded to come down to Frost Park for an hour.

He's only human and he would be greatly limited in time from what he usually has.

If the Frost Park Challengers trained a bit more, combined their skills, sketched out a killer submission, and used their superior knowledge of Frost Park, is it possible that one or more could get a bit lucky and hold their own against him or better?

His chalk is pretty dangerous though. He employs it to tear apart the concrete at will revealing an entire world below.

by jcbetty on 6/10/2008 @ 11:15pm
I dunno. The Chalk-off has some serious Mad Skillz going on --in only one hour. Bill it, like Tall Ships, to be a "worldwide one-hour challenge" and see who shows up to the plate????? Maybe work with MoG and TAM, with their connections, maybe pit RR, Stowe, and Andrea against challengers **and then** put it up to internet voting??!!!?????? -----could be freaking heeeee-oooooge.

(think. One hour. --and yet, with Museums' help, the artists might be lured..... and it helps to build a bigger, broader arts community..........)

by KevinFreitas on 6/11/2008 @ 8:39am
The artists that have participated at Frost Park have more than shown they're world class. I'd challenge any artist the world over to see if they can do any better in an hour.