Apr. 12, 2008 at 12:02am
If you were not there, here is a time line of the events:
RR Anderson's issues a provocative art sketch-off challenge to Tacoma's artists stating:
the best CARTOONIST, RR ANDERSON
challenges YOU to a sidewalk chalk sketch-off
this FRIDAY at DEAD NOON, in DOWNTOWN TACOMA.
FIRST EVER EVENT OF IT'S KIND ON THE PLANET!
challengers for the title of
"BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA" will be determined, awarded & enjoyed until next friday's... TAKE BACK THE PARK CHALK CHALLENGE.
12:00 p.m.Participants gather in Frost Park for their weekly downtown lunch. (BTW, the park was successfully taken back). The art inclined folks began designing their art work for the competition. RR Anderson starts working on his art submission for the competition:
12:15 p.m.Free food was provided by GC dressed Thomas from Woody's on the Water.
Thomas offered appetizers which was gourmet salmon on a cracker. (His shirt looks silk)
12:30 p.m.RR Anderson nearly completes his entry which looks to be the winning chalk art sketch without exerting himself much. Ms Darcy arrives to offer her assistance to RR as they often enter chalk art competitions together as a team. Yet, with no apparent competition, RR declines any help from Ms. Darcy. A decision that later proves to be a fatal mistake.
12:40 p.m.The Unknown Tacoma Artist arrives at Frost Park. Not your typical Sitecrafter employee.
Here, the Unknown Tacoma Artist spends her time writing text on the sidewalk with broken pieces of plain white chalk RR has brought indistinguishably from any of the other passerbys.
While refraining from sketching any sidewalk art, she seems to be drafting RR Anderson, watching his work.
12:45 p.m.Tacoma Urbanist enters his submission:
Simple yes, but it technically still counts as an entry and has a functional purpose as well directing people to the other art pieces.
Believing that he has secured yet another artistic victory in Tacoma, RR Anderson leaves Frost Park having never had to call on the talents of Ms. Darcy for assistance.
The scene at Frost Park changes quite radically. The Unknown Tacoma Artist discards the white chalk pieces she has been carrying around and retrieves her full set of professional colored chalk and sets to work.
With RR gone from Frost Park, and the crowd looking on, the Unknown Tacoma Artist begins a full color horse sketch.
1:15 p.m.With no time limit placed on the Frost Park competition, the Unknown Tacoma Artist claims victory and IMO secures the title of "BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA."
Here, the Unknown Tacoma Artist makes her own "chalk gesture" similar to RR's earlier in the morning. This appears to be some kind of artistic code for a claim of dominance.
The artist that brought down RR Anderson at his own event at Frost Park. It was only a matter of time.
It was only a matter of time before RR was defeated and had his head metaphorically handed to him at an art competition.
In a post on January 19, 2008 in Tacoma Urbanist, I wrote about RR and his recent string of artistic triumphs in Tacoma:
Carry on Daniel and Ryan. What a fun art escapade the last year or two has been for Tacoma with your presence. Tacoma is still largely a blank slate and will be what people make of it.
Enjoy it while you can as it is only a matter of time before a new artist or group comes along who will make you look outdated and stogy.
However, next Friday is another week and another competition. RR will no doubt regroup and retool at HFW and try to bring his game up a bit.
There must be many more artists in Tacoma who have some skill at chalk. Plus, RR may well have been holding back some of his skills and has not even broken out his colored chalk. Ms. Darcy has not even weighed in yet with her considerable talents at chalk.
Yes, Ms. Unknown Tacoma Artist, you have defeated RR Anderson with some fanfare at Frost Park. But can you hold your title as "BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA" next week at Frost Park?
We will see.
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by Adam the Alien on 4/12/2008 @ 1:12am
|Damn it! You know, on my way home, I saw her walking back and thought, "I wonder if she's going back to do draw more?" If I'd been more than 50% sure she was, I would've gone straight back to the park to get more video. As it was, though, I thought all the drawing was done with.|
In any case, my edited videos are processing right now, but a quick glance at the footage and I can tell you right now that the "unknown artist" (you got her to pose for a picture, but didn't ask her name?) is Andrea Trenbeath Lowen of UnstableArt.com (hence the "More horsies at ---> Unstable Art (dot-com)" written next to and around the drawing).
by Twisty on 4/12/2008 @ 8:46am
|You know, the sidewalks in front of my place are pretty drab and boring. I wonder how I could get the BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA to come over and spruce them up.|
And no, I don't mean that guy with the beard...
by Erik on 4/12/2008 @ 10:24am
|I can tell you right now that the "unknown artist" (you got her to pose for a picture, but didn't ask her name?) is Andrea Trenbeath Lowen of UnstableArt.com|
Your suggestion may have some merit.
I have analyzed the picture or her entry this morning. She has apparently signed her picture leading to the webpage www.unstableart.com/
by Erik on 4/12/2008 @ 3:19pm
|By the way, check out the video from Adam of Frost Park on U Tube which was shot when it was snowing:|
Nice job Adam!
by NineInchNachos on 4/12/2008 @ 6:16pm
|my friends, i'm not going to spin this one. I had my ass handed to me on a plate this time.
Will things be different next time? It is unknown. I need to do some serious soul searching... inner reflection.
I may be down, but i'm not out.
by NineInchNachos on 4/12/2008 @ 6:18pm
|also Today I spent over 4 dollars on professional grade sidewalk chalk. The fat kind... not that wimpy stuff I stole from my step mom's house.|
by Erik on 4/12/2008 @ 9:53pm
|my friends, i'm not going to spin this one. I had my ass handed to me on a plate this time. |
I don't think you could have anticipated RR who was going to show up there.
I have checked up on Adam's lead, the Tacoma Unknown Artist is apparently Andrea Trenbeath Lowen.
Looks like one of her sketches was a premonition of sorts as to victory against you at Frost Park would play out:
Just to let you know what you are up against:
(She looks mad)
Are you sure you are really want to cross swords with her again?
BTW, she makes jewelry from bullets:
Onyx is the anti-hero of the mineral world. Long associated with dark elements and maligned throughout history, this stone was believed to attract and ensnare negative energy. Ironically, this is the same reason it was regarded as a protective talisman; By engulfing black energies it saved its wearer from attack.
8 mm solid black onyx in a setting of fine silver and copper.
9 mm brass bullet casing.
Sterling wire bail.
Black leather cord included.
Does a "cartoonist" like yourself stand a chance against this dark force?
by Adam the Alien on 4/13/2008 @ 12:25am
|By the way, check out the video from Adam of Frost Park on U Tube which was shot when it was snowing|
I've also got this week's half-done, with plenty of footage of both R.R. and Andrea at work...would've been done by now but - in addition to having to complete a different video for another YouTube channel by a set deadline or be punished - I had to stop and make a jaunt into Seattle today to meet with a friend. I'm aiming at much faster turnaround times on my videos than the standard set by the month-or-so-late videos I've been putting out up until now. I'll beat that foul procrastination beast yet!
also Today I spent over 4 dollars on professional grade sidewalk chalk. The fat kind... not that wimpy stuff I stole from my step mom's house.
Awesome, that should up the ante - on all sides - more than a bit. Should let the contest seem a bit more inviting to latecomers, too - as it was, that chalk vanished pretty quickly. I imagine that was a large factor in Andrea's vanishing from the park and returning later with more and better chalk.
by AP on 4/13/2008 @ 4:00am
|I would just like to say that Andrea brought a certain fire to the contest that I don't believe any of us saw coming. The raw ferocity with which she attacked the pavement was overwhelming. You couldn't help but watch. However, I do not b'leeeeve RR hath been defeated on this day. Let us have a fair duel. Friday. High noon.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/13/2008 @ 8:19am
|not to 'swift boat' her or anything... but I hope that next time people wont cheat so much.
I'm not accusing anybody here. I just hope there is more integrity among contestants next time.
by Erik on 4/13/2008 @ 10:14am
|not to 'swift boat' her or anything... but I hope that next time people wont cheat so much.|
Did you feel her bringing her own color chalk was unfair?
Next time, it might help to have sections of sidewalk designated into squares so the "art" pieces don't all run together. Consider a one hour time limit 12 - 1.
At any rate, there are a couple of local places that might sell chalk downtown.
Tacoma Art Supply - 1552 Commerce
Learning Sprout 809 Pacific Avenue
I am sure there must be others.
by NineInchNachos on 4/13/2008 @ 11:50am
|yeah. look for the fat kind of chalk. the little sticks are to wimpy for the mean streets of tacoma.
for 4 dollars I was able to buy two crates of 50+ sticks.
by NineInchNachos on 4/13/2008 @ 11:54am
|next round I will be asking very recognizable Tacoma citizens to come be on the panel of judges.
there will be numbered sidewalk segments and an on-sidewalk sign-up slab.
there will be a strict time limit.
theme's I'm considering:
- what does safe livable vibrant results-oriented community mean to you?
- what does a successful tacoma look like to you?
by Adam the Alien on 4/13/2008 @ 1:34pm
|Might be gettin' a bit complicated in your themes, there, sir - the sidewalk space is rather limited. Moreso the more people that join in. And while I can see ATL and yourself getting into that, it may scare off a lot of folks. Of course, I don't know if you want more participants or less - whether it's free-for-all or just a duel between yourself and ATL, I'm sure it's going to rock. I shall be there, camera in hand.|
by Erik on 4/13/2008 @ 2:21pm
|Might be gettin' a bit complicated in your themes, there, sir - the sidewalk space is rather limited. Moreso the more people that join in.|
There's actually a ton of space with full sidewalks on Commerce and Pacific.
next round I will be asking very recognizable Tacoma citizens to come be on the panel of judges.
You could. However, I going to guess everyone is going to weigh in online with their opinions regardless. I am not sure how much "value add" a formal panel would bring.
I like the idea of it being pretty open to participation for novices and experts alike. I am hoping that there will be alot more participants next time.
by Erik on 4/13/2008 @ 6:35pm
|Now, the "Dark Bullet" necklace mentioned above is for sale in the Feed Tacoma Shops along with some other jewelry and art.|
From the pictures, it looks as if Andrea was actually wearing a one of her bullet necklaces at the chalk art contest on Friday, apparently an effective talisman.
by ALT on 4/14/2008 @ 3:00pm
|Jumping into the conversation fashionably late...
Seems there was a little misunderstanding about the chalk. I had availed myself to the free chalk that R.R. generously supplied to participants, which quickly ran out after a fair number of people began joining in. I volunteered to buy some more communal chalk and jumped the shuttle bus over to the Tacoma Art Supply. Just so happens the colored chalk was cheaper. Heh, go figure!
I was kind of bummed that the crowd had thinned out by the time I got back, but there were still a few people there eager to keep drawing. I was unaware of any time limit, but rest assured that any rules previously established for the next show-down will be honored.
by izenmania on 4/14/2008 @ 3:07pm
|There wasn't really a time limit... there weren't really many guidelines at all, hence why it was more of a beta test.|
by intacoma on 4/14/2008 @ 3:14pm
|This is getting way to serious, will you have an area for people that can only draw stick figures?|
by Erik on 4/14/2008 @ 3:53pm
|I had availed myself to the free chalk that R.R. generously supplied to participants, which quickly ran out after a fair number of people began joining in.|
Thanks for the explanation.
I was kind of bummed that the crowd had thinned out by the time I got back, but there were still a few people there eager to keep drawing.
Fortunately, a number of people took some photographs.
The rain yesterday likely cleaned off the sidewalk leaving some blank slates for this Friday.
I hear there will be others there next week as well so it should be fun.
There is also a sponsor I am trying to get lined up to supply a prize of sorts in addition to the title of "THE BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA." It may be something substantial.
This is getting way to serious, will you have an area for people that can only draw stick figures?
Draw away. My entry chalk entry last week was not much better than that. My personal goal will be to try to outdo myself.
by NineInchNachos on 4/14/2008 @ 4:16pm
|yeah there weren't any rules. I just like to play the "cheater" card like dino rossi cause it is funny. |
eventually I'd like to see a complete handbook of confusing, arbitrary and contradictory rules for entertainment purposes only.
I would like there to be Judges who can enter as contestants as well... which would seem to be a conflict of interest, yet I feel strongly we should do it anyway because of the conflict of interest.
I believe the best work shall emerge and be self evident.
I would like to see this event played out with mexican wrestling style operatics.
by Erik on 4/14/2008 @ 5:33pm
|I believe the best work shall emerge and be self evident. |
If necessary, one way to judge the contest is that every Feed Tacoma avatar gets one vote which is made by posting. That way it increases the participation. I usually make a post on the day of.
Alternatively, we could ask for a city grant to pay for Jan Graves come down from Seattle.
by Erik on 4/3/2012 @ 1:45pm
|And now...four years later after this historical day:
Mayor Declares FROST PARK CHALK DAY!
by Non Sequitur on 4/3/2012 @ 9:00pm
|Holy hell this is old.|
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