Tacoma Urbanist

May. 22, 2009 at 12:15am

Prize Available For Today's Frost Park Chalkie Victor

Today is the weekly chalk off competition at Frost Park at 9th and Pacific Avenue


Eat at Puget Sound Pizza today!

Puget Sound Pizza
317 South 7th
Tacoma, WA 98402

Now, for RR Anderson's deep thoughts/quotes about the state of the world of art in Tacoma.  Ready?  Here goes:

Collective Identity, Art, and Revitalization II  

"There is a common critique, however, of art that self-consciously focuses of Tacoma or promotes the community in some way. While most artists in Tacoma are passionate about the community that is built through and around their artwork, some artists are critical of this focus on community and the fact that many Tacoma artists are unwilling to extract art from its context within the local community.

Sean is one such critic. He believes that the majority of the art being produced in this city would not hold up to the standards of quality set by the major art centers of the world. Frustrated with the insularity of the Tacoma art scene and what he saw as a deterioration of the quality of Tacoma art, he and Peter Lynn opened The Helm.

They committed themselves to providing a gallery that would bring in art from the outside world that was, in their eyes, more complex and of a higher quality than most Tacoma art. Their focus was more on the art itself than on the context in which the art is shown. They thought this would open Tacoma's eyes to the higher level of skill that goes into art created elsewhere. Sean and Peter believe that by comparing art in Tacoma to art from elsewhere, Tacoma art would increase in quality because there would be more competition which would breed survival of the fittest.

They hoped they could challenge Tacoma artists and spur them to focus on the skill of creating their art, rather than just on the message or community-centric aspect of their artwork."

~ Ady Olson, UPS student Thesis


Friday, MAY 22
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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Chalkies make the Tacomic, TNT, Olympian etc..

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.

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 [67]  |  posted under Tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2009 @ 6:40am
Can't wait! Looks like it'll be a gorgeous day out there today and with a great prize to the winner. Remember, to be eligible to win chalkers must start and finish their piece(s) between noon and 1pm. Play ball!

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 7:33am
spud goodman will be making a 2D appearance in Chalk today. So says I. Set your way back machine to 1997!

by izenmania on 5/22/2009 @ 7:59am
To be fair... probably not free pizza. It is breakfast for 4, and I don't know if they've started up their pizza cooking that early. But their breakfast is, in fact, every bit as delicious as their pizza.

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 8:12am
Where's the To'T battle art jpg?

by Erik on 5/22/2009 @ 8:23am
Another nice day for chalking.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/22/2009 @ 10:20am
grrr, its way to hot out today. but of course I'll be at frost park. wonder if they'll finally have the fountain going.

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 10:32am
I know for real! whats up with the fountain?

by Wings_of_Change on 5/22/2009 @ 10:37am
omg, I just came up with the best idea for today. I cant wait to get down there today!!

by Erik on 5/22/2009 @ 10:50am
Feed Tacoma technical issues. At any rate, here is the graphic.

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 1:09pm
Jeremy's mammoth has been delivered.

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2009 @ 1:47pm
Here are my pics of entries from today. Great work out there everyone! Great to see some new faces among you.

by Stowe

by Adam the Alien

by Leif

by Thorax O'Tool & Brie

by Jim

by Ariel

by Brittany

by Jeremy

by RR Anderson

by unknown

by Jennifer

by Leif-Dustfire on 5/22/2009 @ 2:08pm

by daydreamer on 5/22/2009 @ 2:42pm
I like Jennifer's, but I think I will vote for Thorax's just because I'm in the mood for strawberries.

by Altered Chords on 5/22/2009 @ 3:14pm
I vote for Ariel because her piece quenched my thirst and put a song (albeit a corny song) in my head.

Thank you Chalkies - you people are awesome!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 3:27pm
I vote for me because, well, obviously.

That and I am super pleased on how it turned out.

...for anyone wondering, my lovely assistant today is my very own baby sister. I hope to get my other sister to join us as well one of these days.

by droid116 on 5/22/2009 @ 3:27pm
Up in Seattle for a meeting so couldn't make it. Therefore I must judge by the photos. I have no idea what 53V3N F4C35 means, not do I see seven faces, however it just jumps off the screen here and gets my vote.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 3:31pm
mmmm, yes driod.

For anyone wondering, the other 4 faces are supposed to be behind the strawberry. You'll have to lift up the concrete and flip it over to see.

Also, 53V3N F4C35 is some easy 1337 5P34K. Not nearly as hardcore as some leet can get, but core enough for this. It simply says "Seven Faces"

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 3:40pm
spud goodman!




by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 3:47pm
More to enjoy:

by Erik on 5/22/2009 @ 3:53pm
I vote for Adam the Alien's Grim Reaper scene.

The memories.

The Frost Park Chalkies saved The Helm once, but only for awhile.

The memories:

Chalk Challenge No. XV is made possible through charitable donation by the THE HELM GALLERY with a CUSTOM MADE VERY LIMITED EDITION ULTRA RARE "Save The Helm" print with a value of at least $50 by the "two guys from The Helm" Peter and Sean.


by tacomachickadee on 5/22/2009 @ 4:49pm
I vote for Adam.

by Erik on 5/22/2009 @ 4:53pm
Frost Park Chalking 24/7

Pretty cool There are two chalkers down at Frost Park right now chalking away with some pretty good pieces.

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2009 @ 4:56pm
Can folks out there DVR KING 5's news tonight? They were there shooting and interviewed a few of us. I'm not going to make it home quite in time to see about catching it. Seems like the TNT piece got some new folks out so here's to even more coming by next week from KING 5's.

by Erik on 5/22/2009 @ 5:28pm
They were there shooting and interviewed a few of us.

Very cool!

by Adam the Alien on 5/22/2009 @ 5:35pm
Pretty cool There are two chalkers down at Frost Park right now chalking away with some pretty good pieces.

I hope you or somebody can snap some pictures!

I'm going to be selfish and VOTE for myself. It's not often I get so specifically topical. Besides, PSP breakfasts are delicious.

Also, the FrostPark Twitter is inquiring as to the legality of votes-by-tweet. Apparently @mktacoma won't be near a computer, and tweeted a vote for me.

by jenyum on 5/22/2009 @ 5:44pm
hmmm.... I think Kevin should install an #frostpark twitter widget on feedtacoma.

I've thought for a while about having a tacoma twittersphere page on Tacomamama but then that seemed like work.

I vote for Leif, because, dude, it's psychedelic.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 6:14pm
to be fair, twitter votes should absolutely not count.
Nor should facespace or mybook or whatever it is the kids are wasting their time on these days.
Support Kevin and his hard work, not Rupert Murdoch or whoever... I say "Vote on FeedTacoma or it won't count."

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2009 @ 6:22pm
My buddy Gav up in Kent said the chalk off was already on. I'm taping the 6:30 so hopefully it'll be on then too. Great tobsee the word spreading. Anyone else catch it?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 6:27pm
what time is the news?

by Adam the Alien on 5/22/2009 @ 6:35pm
to be fair, twitter votes should absolutely not count.
Nor should facespace or mybook or whatever it is the kids are wasting their time on these days.
Support Kevin and his hard work, not Rupert Murdoch or whoever... I say "Vote on FeedTacoma or it won't count."

To my knowledge, Kevin does not currently have a way for FeedTacoma people to vote via phones that aren't fancy-dancy iPhones or Blackberries or whatever, with their web browsing and whatnot. Some of us can only text message, and at a price. There are a number of times I haven't voted, or nearly didn't vote, because of lack of computer access. Tweeted votes (perhaps sent to @FrostPark or @RR_Anderson or @ebjornson or @kevinfreitas or @whoeverwedeeminchargeofthatstuff) would solve the problem for those of us who can't afford rich people phones. :-D

by jenyum on 5/22/2009 @ 7:06pm
What Adam said. Although I have a certified "rich people phone" I can't seem to stay logged in to feedtacoma on it. It's much easier to update my twitter status. Plus, it's possible to put up a feed of "#frostpark" or @frostpark tweets on feedtacoma, thus still serving the audience here.

It wasn't on the 6:30 news :(

by Leif-Dustfire on 5/22/2009 @ 7:51pm
Just checked King5.com wasn't posted up yet, might be on later tonight or tomorrow

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 8:36pm
once I sort through my pics I'll post a brutal ART CRITIQUE of any pieces I feel deserving. HO HO HO!

by Frinklin on 5/22/2009 @ 8:51pm
I have to vote for Stowe's lego man. Why? Lego, that's why.

by Erik Hanberg on 5/22/2009 @ 9:01pm
I agree: Stowe's Lego man is awesome. Has my vote!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/22/2009 @ 9:20pm
"To my knowledge, Kevin does not currently have a way for FeedTacoma people to vote via phones that aren't fancy-dancy iPhones or Blackberries or whatever, with their web browsing and whatnot."

Why on earth would you want the 'net on a phone anyway? Websites for phones look awful as it is on that tiny 1.25" screen.

by jamesstoweart on 5/22/2009 @ 9:22pm
Far be it for me to not jump on a voting train with my NAME on it. I vote for my little lego guy.

Because, seriously... LEGO.

I wish someone had gotten a picture of my Lego dude surrounded by all the quick charcoal briquette cartoons I did. I somehow finished the actual entry in under half an hour so with like 15 minutes left I started taking requests from the crowd (which is truly my favorite part of chalk drawing).

by Adam the Alien on 5/22/2009 @ 9:25pm
Why on earth would you want the 'net on a phone anyway? Websites for phones look awful as it is on that tiny 1.25" screen.

Because sometimes you are away from a computer, but desire to have its vastness at your fingertips. Believe me, if I could afford a phone with the Interwebs, I would have it. Or a really nice laptop. But I can't. Which is why the idea of voting via Twitter (when a computer is unavailable) appeals to me, as I am capable of sending texts to Twitter.

(If I seem like I'm beating a dead horse, it's because until @mktacoma suggested it, the idea of tweet-voting had honestly not occurred to me...and I feel stupid for not even thinking of such a wonderfully simple answer to the frequent problem of voting when away from one's computer until after midnight.)

The tally so far:
Leif - I (didn't use the word "vote", but he's new so I'll forgive him)
Thorax - III
Ariel - I
Adam the Alien - III (plus a fourth vote, via Twitter, from @mktacoma)
Stowe - III

I may have miscounted. It's a running tally, not the final count, so I didn't double-count like I usually do. VOTE ON, TACOMA! VOTE ON!

by ElectricElliot on 5/22/2009 @ 9:31pm
I vote Adam the Alien. The man has taken his work to new heights.

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 9:45pm
there were enough people to fill the car deck of the Kalakala today at frost park..
Frost Park is Packed (post Trib Article)

we have transformed friday 9th and Commerce into a folk art festival of color

Frost Park Festival of Color

not all was happy memes though. Adam the alien has gone really dark with his latest entries... celebrating the demise of THE HELM and THE HERBAN CAFE.

Adam the Alien's Entropic Heat Death

Note the partitioned color baggies for all of adam teh alien's chalk. How a man chooses to stowe his chalk is a good indicator of personality type. What does this say about our friend Adam the Alien? I don't presume to speculate.

Thorax O'Tool, Pretentious Leet Speak

One is struck by the intensity of color exhibited by Thorax O'Tool. The gradient between orange and yellow is well executed. Typeography could use a little love though. Perhaps he's going for the highschool-notebook doodle look though, in which case he is quite successful.

Stowe's 3d Lego Man

our next chalk veteran known only as STOWE™ has quite a skill with the 3D rendering. Obviously a highly skilled professional. However, the artist has failed to take into consideration the intellectual property rights of the LEGO® corporation--a clear violation of copyright law--something I hold in the uppermost respects. Not only has the artist made the city of Tacoma liable for copyright infringement, he's disgraced the name of Officer Larry Frost--a man of the LAW. Clearly I cannot vote for STOWE™ Such would be an endorsement of a criminal enterprise.

Tacoma's Own David Boe

even David Boe is upset. I spent a good 10 minutes arguing with Mr. Boe about alerting the authorities. Apparently I'm the only one who feels a moral obligation to protect the intellectual property of international corporations. No wonder we're losing jobs like depleted uranium from the business end of an A-10 Warthog over a helpless civilian population.

How to Eat an Elephant

here we have a not so subtle critique of Dino Rossi's GOP party AKA the Republican "Culture of Corruption" Obviously the artist is a flaming liberal windbag. Though it does contain a reference to eating endangered animals so it's not all contemptible.

Jeremy aka The Garfield Kid

Jeremy (aka the Garfield Kid) makes a practical argument for the expanding economic benefit of private prisons. Why should big government waste all our tax dollars to feed and care for criminals? Isn't it more practical to put our hard earned tax dollars in the pockets of a few white-collar corporate criminals to properly neglect or illegal immigrants who would otherwise be coddled by liberal "humanists" ? Nice work Jeremy.

RR draws Spud Goodman tribute

Ah, now here is a piece with real promise. A worthy tribute to the mighty SPUD GOODMAN public access, avant-garde TELEVISION SHOW.

Sure the artist could have done a better job. Possibly used a photo reference.. more dynamic colors... clearer typography... took better advantage of perspective to make it 'pop'... given stronger definition to the sunglasses that frankly get lost in the construction of the forehead/temple area... try to use a real facial expression for once other than the 'dead shark' look.

That Said. I vote for STOWE!

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 10:16pm
It was cool, the crusty King 5 camera man knew who Spud Goodman was.

by JeremyScott on 5/22/2009 @ 10:27pm
guard gar aka garfield has to say get past me? ha! you cant get past me! even if you did youd never get the past killer guard dogs! even if you did youd never get past the killer lazer guns! or! the giant killer guard bot!!!!!!!!!!! guard gar out.

by JeremyScott on 5/22/2009 @ 10:36pm
i vote for.............................................................adam the alien and my guard gar aka garfield

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2009 @ 10:47pm
Great work RR and Ariel for nailing the 90s theme (I didn't know about it either). Great to meet you Leif and beautiful job, I must say. Adam I think you drew what everybody's been thinking/feeling and, Elliot's right, you're work has really risen to new heights. But, I gotta vote Stowe because of his very cool Lego Stowe in quality 3D (and because his son put together a Lego me as a Storm Trooper).

Great to see everyone and hope all the new faces become old friends soon enough. Cheers!

by Libby on 5/22/2009 @ 10:51pm
Stowe --- hands down from Sacramento... I *swear* Kevin had nothing to do with my vote!

by Joel 413 on 5/22/2009 @ 10:58pm
It seems that Media coverage is happening on the even weeks, as I attend on the Odd weeks. I must rectify this somehow in the future, although the media saturation is probably over... unless Kevin and RR have plans to be on Larry King next week.

GReat entries as always, now to decide STOWE, Adam the Alien, or Lief. It's aknockdown drag out this weel, and there's a prize on the line.

There are a few things that will draw automatic voting, Captain Mark is one of them... Lego is the other. Copyright infringement and all.. Does this mean that there will be a Lego Frost Park game coming out soon? Lego battle art?!


by Courtney on 5/22/2009 @ 11:00pm
I vote for Stowe as a minifig.

RR your commentary was insightful and funny.

by Dianne on 5/22/2009 @ 11:01pm
I vote for Ariel.

How could I not vote for Lego's? What am I thinking? Oh well I really like Ariel's idea.

by NineInchNachos on 5/22/2009 @ 11:09pm
Looks like people are going to have to community organize some zombie voters if they want to change the direction of the mighty stowe wind. Better start pounding your email lists!

by jamesstoweart on 5/22/2009 @ 11:18pm
RXR... don't help.

Nothing to see here people.

by JeremyScott on 5/22/2009 @ 11:28pm
i vote for my guard gar aka garfield

by Leif-Dustfire on 5/22/2009 @ 11:37pm
Thanks Kevin, I hope to do this again more often when school is out!

by kathy on 5/22/2009 @ 11:51pm
That's my vote.

by Dave_L on 5/23/2009 @ 10:17am
Lego my...
I didn't vote simply because I could not decide on any one. The whole event looks great as a whole. I may have picked Stowes, because court cases have ruled in Mega Block's favour: while Lego argued that the knobs on the top of its play bricks were "highly distinctive" the European court ruled that the mere shape of a product could not be registered by trademark.
Though Lego website has a ot of legaleze:
How LEGO� Enthusiasts May Refer to LEGO Products on the Internet
The LEGO Group has become aware that many LEGO enthusiasts around the world are using the Internet to share information and ideas about our products. Several unofficial homepages have been established and there appears to be a great deal of activity and interest in these sites. Unfortunately, some of these sites use the LEGO logo and LEGO trademarks in a manner which may lead to confusion about whether these sites are sponsored or authorized by the LEGO Group.
Therefore, we have developed these guidelines to assist Internet users who wish to refer to LEGO products for non-commercial purposes as to the appropriate way to refer to our LEGO trademarks.
Stowe didn't use the lego-logo, and anyway I'm sure Erik would represent Stowe pro bono in Billund v. Stowe.
How's the trade-marking of the 253 going, Stowe?

by lifehazard on 5/23/2009 @ 10:36am
I know I am late I flew in from Orlando and didn't get to see them until 11:30 last night. I thing Leif was adding so much to the positive nature of this and he also let young kids draw on his and incorporated them into his. Nice work all but Leif gets my vote I know it won't count

by JeremyScott on 5/23/2009 @ 3:53pm
Yo! Who Won???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by JeremyScott on 5/23/2009 @ 3:58pm
Guard Gar Has To Say Do You Think You Can Get Past Me?!

by JeremyScott on 5/23/2009 @ 4:02pm
Chalk Lego?! Cool!

by tacomachickadee on 5/23/2009 @ 10:30pm
I think Stowe won ... LEGO MANIA!

by ALT on 5/24/2009 @ 10:19am
By the time I had arrived at my destination in Fargo, ND I had clean forgotten about voting. My plane to Denver was delayed so I missed my connection, and I ended up getting to Fargo not at 7:00pm like I was supposed to but at midnight. I was pretty much dead on my feet by then.

Now that I'm settled in at my parent's big old farm house in rural ND I'm finally checking my email. A brilliant kaleidoscope of entries! My favorites are Stowe's Lego man and Adam's Grim Reaper. Of the two though I would have voted for Stowe: Clever phrasing coupled with Blue's trademark t-shirt design and my own nostalgia for Legos won my 253 heart. :D

...And the Frosties made it on the news! Word is spreading...

by jamesstoweart on 5/24/2009 @ 6:57pm
Sooo.... did I win? Is there a final tally?

I can't live with the suspense... and I am an artist, so I can't posibly count that high.

by JeremyScott on 5/24/2009 @ 7:06pm
again......... who won????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by JeremyScott on 5/24/2009 @ 7:10pm
10..9..8...7...6...5...4...3...2..1.....beeeeeeeeeeep!!!! who won???!!!???!!!

by JeremyScott on 5/24/2009 @ 7:12pm
my last name is peterson ok?

by Joel 413 on 5/24/2009 @ 10:18pm
Ok, an official vote count (because it's been demanded)

Total Votes (21)

Stowe: 9
Adam: 5
Thorax O'Tool: 3
Ariel: 2
Leif: 1 (2)

Something interesting to note, there were 10 votes cast before Stowe got his first vote cast. Leif officially got one vote, If you count his self-vote he got 2. We are strict the rest of the time, so. Leif, in the future you gotta use the word VOTE in your vote cast.

Jeremy cast a whole bunch of votes, but his first was for adam, so that's where it got counted.

Congratulations Stowe!

by KevinFreitas on 5/25/2009 @ 8:22am
Thanks for the count Joel and congrats to Stowe! Great chalking out there everyone -- can't wait to see what people throw down for next week (the prize for which is very near and dear to my heart).

by Erik on 5/25/2009 @ 2:44pm
Congrats Stowe for winning Episode VIII in Season II.