Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 4, 2008 at 12:15am

Next Chalk Off Prize: Clothes, Fashion, Minor Stardom

This is the equivalent of the "fashion edition" of Frost Park Chalk Off: 

Sponsor For Frost Park Chalk Off Episode IX

Urban Xchange


(Julie Bennett, owner of Urban Xchange and Fashion Designer extraordinaire)

This Friday is Frost Park Chalk Off Episode IX, the victor of which will receive a package of Prizes from Urban Exchange including 1) a $45.00 certificate  for clothes at Urban Xchange, 2) private fashion consulting by Tacoma's top designers, and a 3) photo shoot for inclusion a predominant role in Urban Xchange's Spring ad campaign.

Initial Disclaimer: Not A Fashion Makeover Prize

This is not a frivolous fashion makeover prize.  Most "makeover" shows are designed to achieve clothing conformity for the benefit of high volume corporate clothing manufacturers operating overseas.

Yet, the Chalk Off artists seek to create, not conform, to the trend, clothing or otherwise.  RR Anderson gets to the heart of the matter explaining:

. . . and then there is the category of artists whom bring the inanimate into the realm of the living and or forge their will upon the world.

Hence, a "makeover" of any of the Frost Park Challengers would essentially bleach out years of creation of their well development persona, clothing of which has become an integral partThus, the prizes in Episode IX are designed to enhance the artistic development of the victor, another tool in the arsenal.

Current fashion condition of select Frost Park Challengers:

Elle ("Life of Elle")            RR Anderson ("HFW")           Lupin ("Unstable Arts")

(Although they differ individually, the Frost Park Challengers all exhibit finely honed personas through custom designed and selected clothing.)

Further, at least two of the challengers RR and Lupin, have their own clothing line here and here

With that said, the Chalk Off Challengers will certainly benefit from brand enhancement with additional clothing, consulting and visibility.

Prize No. 1 : $45 Gift Certificate at Urban Xchange

$45.00 goes a long ways at Urban Xchange.

Prize No. 2: Private Fashion Consulting With Julie and Brooke

The second prize is a private fashion consultation session with Julie Bennett and Brook Bennett.

Julie Bennett has a well establihed reputation of increasing the hipster factor of everyone from Chamber of Commerce attendees to angst filled teenagers. 

(Julie promises to make you fashionable)

(Brooke's now famous picture which launched her into Teen Vogue competition.  Photographer unknown.)

Brooke Bennett, daughter of Julie, has already become a bit of a local fashion icon already.  As the Volcano reported last year "[o]ne of our own local stylists, Brooke Bennett, is working to launch herself nationally through a contest with Teen Vogue..."

The victor in Chalk Off Episode IX will have the rare privilege of having the combined talents of Julie and Brook in enhancing their artistic personas.

Prize No. 3: Minor Fashion Stardom In Tacoma

The victor in Episode IX will be featured in the photo shoot for the Urban Xchange Spring ad campaign and acknowledged in the ads for their chalk victory.  The victor will not be "modeling" in the traditional sense where people are simply paid to have sponsors place random clothing on them.

At this level in the competition and the increasing notoriety of the Frost Park Chalk Offs, the victor will have the opportunity to play a role in setting the fashion trend in Tacoma and co-create with Julie in the process.  Its a "win win" as it will result in visibility and brand enhancement of both the victor and Urban Xchange.

Thanks Julie!

Urban Xchange

1934 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 572-2280

comments [46]  |  posted under tacoma


by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 8:14am
I'm sure someone will find this prize awesome. Admittedly that someone is not me, but it does seem like something people who are not me would enjoy..

by Elle on 6/4/2008 @ 8:20am
Admittedly, I find this prize to be fantastic! Lord knows I need some help in the fashion department. Or better yet to break out of my uniform of the jeans and t-shirts.

However this week's weather forecast is looking a little grim.

by intacoma on 6/4/2008 @ 8:44am
what I would pay to see izenmania in skinny jeans, the womenz better work extra hard this week!

by jcbetty on 6/4/2008 @ 8:44am
grim weather, yeah, BUT people have chalked in snow...

by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 8:48am
I don't think it's snowed since we started chalking, actually... we've had remarkably good luck with chalk weather. It only even rained the one time, if I recall.

IT, don't thrust your bizarre fantasies onto me.

by jamesstoweart on 6/4/2008 @ 8:59am
I'm a shoe-in to win this week obviously.

It is yet another prize completely unsuited for an obese bald man.

In other news...Mrs. Stowe is very excited about Frost Park this week.

by dawntown on 6/4/2008 @ 9:06am
Well, this sounds cool. You gonna throw down some chalk, this time jcbetty?

Im down with setting fashion trends. Noone has noticed, but my current Chalk-Off Fashion has been to wear a t-shirt of something Tacoma. It started out as a way to get more Tacomaness brownie points to make up for my lack of Illustrator skillz, but noone noticed.

I will still keep the tradition. So on that note, any Tacoma business, special interest group, etc that would like me to wear their shirt during chalk-offs, contact me @


I will forward request to Tacoma Urbanist, aka Erik, for approval.

See all ya'll there

by intacoma on 6/4/2008 @ 9:13am

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 9:15am
People should be paying ME for fashion advice. I'm the one who put CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT GLOVES into the imaginations of fashion conscious young person(s) everywhere... not even to mention the combination of BEARDS and RAIL ROAD ENGINEER CAPS!

Even so, very cool. Our new sponsor is Tight yo.

by intacoma on 6/4/2008 @ 9:19am
NineInchNachos is very in tune with the latest trends in fashion. I mean he and many other celebrities were already working on the latest hot accessory of 2008, 9 months ago...

by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 9:21am
Not just beards and engineer caps... beards, engineer caps AND rainbow suspenders, a bow tie, and your epically large gloves. It's really all about the complete ensemble.

Just wait until I get my new hat. Frost Park fashion will never be the same!

P.S. intacoma that is terrifying.

by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 9:22am
I mean he and many other celebrities were already working on the latest hot accessory of 2008, 9 months ago...

The latest hot accessory is infant children?

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 9:27am
Ms. Darcy wants to know if you can get the 'loyalty tacoma' skull or 253 heart on a onesie

by intacoma on 6/4/2008 @ 9:32am
Ashlee Simpson, Angelina Jolie, Lisa Marie Presley, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Julia Roberts all know whats up

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 9:47am
can we see a mockup of 'saggin' Izenmania?

by intacoma on 6/4/2008 @ 9:51am
you might ask him in the park for a show at the mecca

by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 9:53am
can we see a mockup of 'saggin' Izenmania?

Only if you want a shot with Extra Demon Powers... I don't think IT has any pictures of the back of my head.

by ALT on 6/4/2008 @ 10:03am
I don't know about the rest of you guys, but the prize for this week's competition is right up my alley.

...Besides, my husband is totally sick of my BDU's. :P

by Erik on 6/4/2008 @ 11:14am
I'm a shoe-in to win this week obviously.

It is yet another prize completely unsuited for an obese bald man.

Don't worry Stowe. Julie and Brooke have it handled. They know who all the Challengers are and it is well within their capabilities to handle any body type, personality and persona. Don't hold back on Friday.

You know chalk. They know fashion.

by zastica on 6/4/2008 @ 11:32am
I think y'all should preemptively declare izenmania the winner simply because he doesn't want the prize. And it would be pretty interesting to see what they come up with for him.


by izenmania on 6/4/2008 @ 11:43am
I don't do fashion. I am perfectly willing to re-gift a prize if I have to.

Anyway, it's most likely that I won't be drawing this week, so it's a moo point.

by Dave L. on 6/4/2008 @ 11:52am
I ditto Izenman’s comment that these are great prizes for anyone who is not me (but that’s great, really). I think it’s too late and nearly impossible for me to start being or even looking hip; I wouldn’t be fooling anybody. Re BDU’s, there's hardly any Uniform (or half-uniform) more appropriate for chalk-battle than Battle-Dress! (But the pixilated-pattern on the new ACU’s might appeal more to the computer-geeks in the crowd.) I'll be there rain-or-shine, but just for a few minutes to watch the competition and make a delivery. And to see if the word on the Ave. is true that Kevin doesn't ride in the rain.

by thriceallamerican on 6/4/2008 @ 12:51pm
Zastica brings up an interesting question: what happens if there were some coordinated write-in vote campaign for someone who hadn't actually produced chalk art? What say the rules committee?

by Erik on 6/4/2008 @ 1:02pm
I ditto Izenman’s comment that these are great prizes for anyone who is not me (but that’s great, really). I think it’s too late and nearly impossible for me to start being or even looking hip; I wouldn’t be fooling anybody.

It may be the case that the challenger who least wants the prize would benefit most from it.

What say the rules committee?

All of the applicable rules are found in the Frost Park Chalk Challenge Official Rule Book, First Edition (revised)


by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 1:05pm
I love my carrot cake. Yum.
RR's Corina Bakery Carrot Cake Prize

Lance is flabbergasted by the awesome historical significance of his new hat...
Lance (Beautiful Angle) Chalk Prize Transfer

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 1:07pm
we operate on the honor system here... so embarrassing circumstances/outcomes outlined by thriceallamerican are quite impossible. faith is my safetybelt

by zastica on 6/4/2008 @ 1:22pm
I'd draw in izenmania's name, just so he could win.

Come on everyone, jump on the izenmania train!

by Erik on 6/4/2008 @ 1:22pm
Nice Corina's cake RR:

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 1:27pm
Zastica, You could draw your vision of an "Emo-zenmania" and have a 'white-hat' shot at winning this contest

by Erik on 6/4/2008 @ 5:04pm
However this week's weather forecast is looking a little grim.

Currently, it looks like a 73 percent chance of rain.


Should be an interesting contest factor of the challengers knowledge of Frost Park and which panels hold up best in all weather conditions.

I still see that a couple of pieces from last week are up as well which could narrow further the places available for chalking.

However, we have lucked out nearly every week in the chalk offs and it has never rained much during any episode.

by jcbetty on 6/4/2008 @ 5:30pm
@Ize, #3? I think? It snowed, third Chalk off, I believe. S DeR Spewed it, I think.

@Dawntown-- if I'm not awaiting UPS men bearing Wii gifts, yeah, I just might chalk. What? Fork knows. But... what the hey.

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 5:56pm
Jessica are you going GONZO?

by jcbetty on 6/4/2008 @ 6:33pm
oh, hell no. Being a person, citizen, denizen. Artist. Potential Successful Person.

by jcbetty on 6/4/2008 @ 6:37pm
...and, oh yeah, Dawn kinda sorta challenged me to a chalk duel, and I can't back down. I may even wear a Tacoma shirt. Uh huh.

bring it, kids.

by jamesstoweart on 6/4/2008 @ 7:18pm
I am inspired by Dawn's bold entrepreneurial pro-wrestler like attitude. And being inspired I am totally ripping her off.

I am offering an open challenge to any aspiring chalk-off contestant. If you have never competed before... I am talking to YOU! If you can top me in votes this week I will grant you with a digital art prize that will be yours to keep, reproduce or delete at your leisure, whether you win the overall Chalk-Off or not!!! It isn't about winning... it is about beating the bald fat chalk giant! this offer is only open to contestants who have not competed before. Come to Frost Park...beat the monkey... win a prize.

Also... my super cool donated patent leather chalk carry-all is in need of super cool stickers. If you have some... I am accepting donations.

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2008 @ 7:28pm
* * * RR's free fashion SPOILER tip No. 666 * * *

the next big fashion statement: Those hats old people wear, worn by younger type people!

you read it here first! (photo of my brother's girlfriend from Alaska)

by KevinFreitas on 6/4/2008 @ 7:55pm
And to see if the word on the Ave. is true that Kevin doesn't ride in the rain.

@Dave L: Oh, I rode from the Red Hot Monday night in the rain, thank you very much. AP was just in shock though to think of me soiling our Vespa thusly. My upper half was pretty soaked by the time I got home but I did enjoy it. A good jacket and gloves and I'll be ready for all weather.

by Dave L. on 6/4/2008 @ 9:33pm
Yeah, I had just missed you guys (again), and there was speculation that your early departure may have been due to the cloudburst. I'll have to locate the Vespa Club of Seattle's "Tacoma Bob" (from Lakewood) for you now that you have quite a group starting. Advice from a friend of mine: Watch what you put in the kitty-cooker! BTW, said-friend has a dandy tonneau-like device for riding in inclement weather.

by dawntown on 6/4/2008 @ 10:33pm
Fritos, sorry I missed the Red Hot on Monday, but Ill be there blazing on little snowflake tomorrow night with the Stowe's

Bring it girl!!! But you gotta remember, jcbetty, there are RULES to the chalk-off...and if I remember correctly, that may be your achilles...

by Adam the Alien on 6/4/2008 @ 10:48pm
Well, I was in Oregon last week (and got so caught up with seeing people that I forgot to log on for even a minute to vote), but I look forward to this week's chalk-off. I'm trying to form a loose idea I have into a...less loose idea. Should I manage that, I shall draw it. The prizes intrigue me. Admittedly, prize #1 intrigues me most. I have not the moneys some of you have, and I tend to spend most of it on food, bus fare, video tapes and computer equipment. Clothing...well, I forget about that a lot. And fashion, I forget about more (I have a fashion sense, it's just hindered by the clothes that I have :-D ).

Of course, it'd be a fluke if I won. With that in mind, to whoever ends up winning: would you be so kind as to let me document your fashion journey (assuming it's okay with the urbanXchange folks)? It seems like it would make for an interesting video piece.

Oh, and is anyone planning for another chalk-off get-together of any kind this week? I'm rather sad that I missed that shindig...

Stowe -
this offer is only open to contestants who have not competed before
What about people who have only competed once before? :-D

I feel like, in this comment, I've said many things that I'm going to look back on and not understand in the slightest. I'm in an odd state of mind. Forgive me. :-)

by jamesstoweart on 6/4/2008 @ 10:55pm
Sure Adam, I'll take your one timer action.

by Adam the Alien on 6/4/2008 @ 10:57pm
Huzzah! :-)

by Erik on 6/5/2008 @ 12:02am
Well, I was in Oregon last week (and got so caught up with seeing people that I forgot to log on for even a minute to vote),

Yeah, we noticed our filmmaker was gone. Welcome back!

by Erik on 6/5/2008 @ 12:19am
BTW, what better prize to film than the Fashion Episode.

by jcbetty on 6/5/2008 @ 8:36am
rules, schmules!! :) (I'll try to play well with others)

by dawntown on 6/5/2008 @ 9:04am
No running with chalk, woman.

Hey ya'll, check out my call to action I just posted. Let me know what ya think