Tacoma Urbanist

Sep. 11, 2009 at 12:51am

See Tacoma's Artists Compete By Chalking Downtown at Noon; Master Cartoonist Mark Monlux Offers A Fab Prize

Today is the weekly chalk off competition at Frost Park located at 9th and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma at noon.

In these difficult times, let the words of RR Anderson below inspire you:

No, God could not create a burrito so big even he couldn't finish eating it. 

That act would be meaningless and contradictory to his nature. First, transcendent beings don't have appetites. Second, it's not in God's nature to contradict himself. That would be an imperfection. A perfect being, God, cannot act imperfectly. If he did then he's not really God.

It's possible that the things I write about are pure insanity, but how would you know? What is your reference point? If you have no reference point, that is, if you think that everything is relative, then I'm sorry to say that you are trapped in an existential neurosis. There is, however, a way out of such absurdity. But you can't just rationalize your way out. You have to act your way out.

I suggest that you start by helping your neighbor. Maybe tomorrow you could go next door and sweep your neighbor's sidewalk. Try it. Let me know if you've experienced the pure joy of having a purpose and destiny. Take the existential leap of faith my friend and feel the exhilaration and freedom of knowing that God will catch you if you fall!

Mofo from the Hood, on the self-existent uncaused eternal burrito


Friday, September 11

12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

1 hour. free chalk. community art challenge. win prize(s)!

Corporate Sponsorship

this weeks episode is made possible by MARK MONLUX'S MYSTERY WIFE with a fabulous donation of a GENUINE BUMPERSHOOT 'art saves + me' beanie hat for YOUR BIG FAT HEAD! Intensely professional cartoonist & illustrator MARK MONLUX wants you to know that with the sponsorship of Frost Park NO. 24 comes the self-realization that INDEED MARK'S WIFE IS REAL. The hat IS PROOF AND EVERYTHING!

check in with feedtacoma.com for LIVE, FULL COVERAGE! 


Prize: Haunted Tap & Die Set
Sponsor: Benevolent Mystery Donor

see photos:

*when you vote for your favorite chalk art don't frigging forget to use the word "VOTE" in your comment!

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.

Should you wish to offer general encouragement to an artists, feel free to simply mention their name below or give them other compliments.  However, if you wish to vote for a particular chalk off artist (chalkie), above all other entries, then use the word "vote" in your comment in reference to the artist or their entry.

Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Roommates, spouses, significant others, friends and acquaintances may have their vote counted with their own Feed Tacoma avatar. 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:

Become a Fan of Frost Park on Facebook

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scoreboard

Adam the Alien explains how to vote at a Frost Park Chalk Off

comments [50]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 9/11/2009 @ 1:08am
Thanks Mark for offering such a great prize for the winner.

I sure hope more photographers show up this week. Last week, I had to go back to the park in the rain with my cell phone and take pictures just like old times. Yet, it was worth it.

Kevin's new Feed Tacoma features allow one to promote Frost Park chalking via Facebook and Twitter.

Give it a shot.

by KevinFreitas on 9/11/2009 @ 7:16am
I can't be there right at noon but will come back for the tail end to say hi and snap pics. Should be a stunning day to be chalking and/or spectating!

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 8:18am
the anderson family will be there in force

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/11/2009 @ 9:36am
A message of grace and peace from MFTH:

Brethen, I trust that you are well. As we prepare for the coming of Frost Park Chalk Challenge #24 let's look to today's event E-poster and to the wisdom of the past. It would be unthinkable to ancient Greek philosophers that salvation would take on the body of Kenny Rogers or Kenny Loggins. How could True salvation be both infinite and finite?
In the battle for chalk art prizes as in the battle for our minds, how does man live a life that is pleasing to a self-existent uncaused eternal Burrito?

Revelation is an event that takes place at Frost Park. Chalk art points beyond itself to the Revelation.

Experience Truth as encounter.

by KevinFreitas on 9/11/2009 @ 11:28am
Bonus points to anyone getting Russell related visuals in their work today. See y'all soon!

by Adam the Alien on 9/11/2009 @ 11:36am
I'm either going to be late or not in attendance. Didn't sleep well last night. If anyone reads this before getting there or while there, the free chalk is tucked away near Brian's eagle drawing on the Pacific side.

by KevinFreitas on 9/11/2009 @ 2:18pm
Here are chalk pics from this noon time down at Frost Park:

by Thorax O'Tool

by Electric Elliot

by Mark Monlux

by SOTA Kid

by Smile

by RR Anderson

by Spork

And an honorable mention (but not vote elegible because he did it during non-chalk off hours) is this piece by Brian Bartlebaugh:

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 2:19pm
Adam the Alien has a hidden cache of frost park chalk? Awesome!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 2:27pm
I like the Ruck Fussell, but I am still burned out on that. The eagle is slick, woulds been cooler if I had remembered that today was 9-11.
Gotta go for the Michelin Man... oops, I mean Poppin' Fresh... oops, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I vote for me.

But imagine that dogs playing poker painting... except with the aforementioned puffy white mascots.
Interesting idea...

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 2:48pm
Brian's 9-11 Crying Eagle

Happy 9-11 Day!

Mark Monlux 3D Chair Shadow for Lance

Mark Monlux shows Lance a Technicolor Chair Shadow free of the Tollefson Curse

RR's F. Russell 9-11 Tribute

New F. Russel Desktop picture available from RR Anderson!

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by Thorax O'Tool

Remember everybody to Stay Puft.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 2:59pm
RR, shoulda done the F. Russell in spray paint. It's a little longer lasting.

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 3:11pm
vertical should last OK

meanwhile adam the alien spotted in Tacoma Art Museum flickr stream:

adam the alien

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 3:13pm
Woulda been fun to go to that.
Too bad these things always seem to happen on days I work.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/11/2009 @ 3:16pm
How come the Stay Puft daddy is wearing Donald Duck's outerwear?

by Erik on 9/11/2009 @ 4:07pm
Nice entries. Great eagle Brian. Maybe The Rulz should be changed for you.

by droid116 on 9/11/2009 @ 4:28pm
Beautiful day at the park today. Sorry I couldn't stay but for a few minutes. I vote for the Russell entry.

by Erik on 9/11/2009 @ 4:32pm
I vote for Mark Monlux

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 5:04pm
@ Mofo... I'd actually question why Donald the Duck wears the Stay Puft Daddy's outerwear. Regardless, I think I got it pretty good.

by Zanna on 9/11/2009 @ 5:12pm
If there's something strange in your neighborhood Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS

If there's something weird and it don't look good Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS

(I vote for Thorax)

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 6:26pm
I vote for thorax's new avatar!

by boearc on 9/11/2009 @ 6:32pm
Thorax get my vote - it just makes me feel all warm and squishy at the end of a tough week.

by jamesstoweart on 9/11/2009 @ 6:36pm
I also vote for Thorax's Mr. Stay-Puft. I am a sucker for marshmallow apocalypses.

by MarkMonlux on 9/11/2009 @ 7:23pm
I like how the Stay-Puff looked before the star was added. As an icon by himself I thought he was more powerful.

I found RR's art to be up to his regularly high standards of whimsy swirled with social commentary.

But Elliot's was the best art this week. And I'm not just saying that because he gave me a lift to the event. The whole theme of suits wearing masks and actually being aliens got me thinking about some of my favorite sci-fi flicks and shows. "They Live" and "V" popped right into my head. And I could just see this art popping up in the background of either of those shows. And that unintended trip back to when I watched and enjoyed schlocky sci-fi in the late 80s was a very pleasant journey.

Elliot gets my vote.

by NineInchNachos on 9/11/2009 @ 8:02pm
They Live should be required frost park chalkie viewing.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 8:12pm

by TacomaGnome on 9/11/2009 @ 8:33pm
My vote shall be tallied for Mr. O'Tool.

Thank you kind vote meisters.

by KevinFreitas on 9/11/2009 @ 10:00pm
Great advice pieces by Thorax and Elliot. But, and mostly since I thought at first he brought some larger-than-life-that-might-get-us-shut-down profanity to Frost Park, I vote RR for his great RU to Fussell. Beautiful work to you as well Mr. Bartlebaugh!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 10:20pm
What would it take to get us shut down, and what exactly is deemed acceptable?

**NOTE** I AM NOT trying to offend the sensibilities of our Fearless Leaders at 747 Market and get chalking made illegal, but I do wonder what the unspoken-rules actually are.
Sure, no profanity or sex or violence... that's pretty much a given. But where is the "line"?

by ElectricElliot on 9/11/2009 @ 10:25pm
Gotta vote Ruck Fussell. I vote RR, though I'm impressed with the perfection of Thorax's Stay Puff.

by Libby on 9/11/2009 @ 10:29pm
RR for me... it was fun to watch the parade of Russell employees taking pictures as the afternoon progressed...

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 10:46pm
"...though I'm impressed with the perfection of Thorax's Stay Puff"

Thanks for the compliment!

by jenyum on 9/11/2009 @ 11:08pm
Oh, this is tough. I am such a big Stay Puft fan. But I have to go with the timeliness of RR's contribution.

I vote RR.

by Adam the Alien on 9/11/2009 @ 11:12pm
All lovely pieces, and I was lucky enough to get to watch Brian finishing his piece up last night. His chalking method is more akin to painting than most of the methods I've seen used at Frost Park.

But my vote, ultimately, has to go to Mark's lovely tribute to Beautiful Angle's SIT IN event/theme. Taping chair shadows yesterday was a great deal of fun. There'll be a video up soon.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/11/2009 @ 11:54pm
My vote goes to RR and his 911 tribute to the international financial district

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 12:25am
My 12:22 am count:

TO'T: 6
RR: 6
Mark: 2
Elliott: 1

Looks like another tie!

by Erik on 9/12/2009 @ 12:41am
Oh no.

This could be the very first truly tied Frost Park chalk off competition.

It doesn't look like any of the votes were made by ambiguous voting, duplicative avatars, spouses of Feed Tacoma members or untimely votes.

Yes, the beanie hat is an important prize. Yet another issue is who gets credit for winning this episode as they will count for the season total. I suppose the points for the episode will be split evenly.

Yet, how does one split a beanie hat?

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 12:41am
Do a Solomon on it.

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2009 @ 7:53am
Flip a coin?

This hat is enchanted with powers of stealth as it comes directly from Mark Monlux's trans-dimensional wife. It may come in handy for your stealthy bus stop art installations Mr. Thorax.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 9:55am
hmmmm...... indeed, I do see a possibility.

Could have Mark flip a coin next week.

by narndt on 9/12/2009 @ 10:17am
Did RR add the "Ruck Fussell" before or after chalking the Russell HQ? If the answer is after, I wonder how many Russell folks walked by while the building was going up and thought "Oh that's cute, they're chalking us a tribute!"

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 12:12pm
It was there from the beginning.

Anyone from Russell who walked by would certainly have seen it.

by MarkMonlux on 9/12/2009 @ 12:43pm
In case of a tie I thought we might go to the sponsor and ask them. My dear sweet - and completely existent - wife, the sponsor of this week's prize (not me), did not vote last night. And while I lobbied for RR, she says her deciding vote this morning would be for Thorax.

How does that sit with everyone?

by Erik on 9/12/2009 @ 3:34pm
How does that sit with everyone?

Although your wife cannot cast a vote without an avatar, being the sponsor and the tie breaker, perhaps that is enough to tip the contest enough toward Thorax. Fine by me.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 4:12pm
Since your totally existent wife is the official sponsor, I'll go with what she decides.

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2009 @ 4:53pm
so be it! Thorax is the winner of this fine hat!

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2009 @ 4:54pm
also folks were honking and yelling "yeah!" at me after I added the caption :)

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/12/2009 @ 7:02pm
RR, you make a T-Shirt of that and you'll make bank.

And I'll trade you for one of my carbon footprint T-shirts

by Erik on 9/12/2009 @ 9:14pm
Congrats RR and Thorax O'Tool OTW!

by NineInchNachos on 9/14/2009 @ 9:19am
Thank you to the results-oriented citizen who scrubbed the offensive 'ruck fussell' bits off my russell chalk art.

You're doing your part to keep Tacoma SAFE AND CLEAN.

God Bless!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/14/2009 @ 9:57am
Chalk it back on.