Tacoma Urbanist

Sep. 26, 2008 at 12:57am

Today: Chalkies Battle For Power Lunch w/Art Czar

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Frost Park Chalking Today 

Top Three Chalkies Win A

Power lunch with Amy McBride

Episode XXV: Week 25

Today is Frost Park Friday at Noon in downtown Tacoma at 9th and Pacific Avenue.   Everyone is invited.

Here is RR Anderson's weekly message to the Tacomans:

I Got Your Bail OUT Right Here:

Dangerous moments are coming. Dangerous moments are always also a chance to do something. But in such dangerous moments, you have to think, you have to try to understand.

And today obviously all the predominant narratives — the old liberal-left welfare state narrative; the post-modern third-way left narrative; the neo-conservative narrative; and of course the old standard Marxist narrative — they don't work.

Where are we? Where are we going?
Can we imagine a popular mobilization outside democracy?

Friday, 12 Noon - 1PM
Larry Frost Memorial Park
9th & Commerce









Corporate Sponsorship For This Week:

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October 1, 11-2 in Tollefson Plaza at S. 17th and Pacific

The City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, UWT, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce are working together to reduce congestion and parking challenges in downtown Tacoma by helping commuters get into buses and vanpools, out walking, biking, and sharing rides!

Enjoy lunch from the Harmon and Hub restaurants, and receive $1 off just for stopping by!

Sign up for PierceTrips.com and enter to win great prizes from some of your favorite downtown merchants.

Listen to the music of the Joe Baque Trio.

Sip coffee or tea from Blackwater Café and Mad Hat Tea Company.

Win great prizes, including free bus passes! Find out how businesses encourage commute options – and how you can get involved.

Explore a Pierce Transit bus, Bus Plus, and Vanpool.
Get tips for riding transit, and chat with a regular vanpool commuter.

Check out a Scoot Car and find out how you can receive a buy-one, get-one free coupon from Hello, Cupcake.

See the Downtown Plan and visit with planners from VIA Architects.

Pick up the brand new downtown walking map.

See also the sponsor post.

Chalk Challenge No. 25  is made possible through charitable donation of intimidating POWER LUNCH with TACOMA ARTS LIST SERVE CZAR: AMY McBRIDE! Top 3 results-oriented chalk artists will share a meal with one of Tacoma's most powerful civic arts administrators at The Matador Embalmed Beef Eatery. YOUR OPINIONS WILL BE DIGESTED INTO VALUABLE COMMUNITY arts FEEDBACK! 

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

get pumped, visit FeedTacoma.com's TACOMA URBANIST.

* * * N00B SPOILE R ALERT * * *


  1. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

  2. RR Anderson (Sponsored by Erik Bjornson Attorney at Law: Military Divorce Specialist)

  3. Life of Elle  (sponsored by Puget Sound Pizza)

  4. James Stowe (sponsored by EMBELLISH SALON)
  5. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by THE RED HOT) 

  6. James Stowe (sponsored by BRICK & MORTAR EXECUTIVE CONDO SUITES )
  7. RR Anderson (sponsored by CORINA BAKERY + BISTRO)
  8. Mr. Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angel (sponsored by Hilltop Glass Artists, John Hathaway)
  9. James Stowe (sponsored by URBAN XCHANGE HIPSTER APPAREL )
  10. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by Jim McIntire's campaign for state treasurer )

  11. Dawn & Ariel (sponsored by buzzards cd's + Stadium Video )
  12. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen (sponsored by India Mahal)
  13. Life of Ellle (The Lost Chalk Episode)
  14. Private Contractors Chelsey and Kelly (sponsored by Tacoma Art Place)

  15. Dawn (sponsored by The Helm Gallery)
  16. J. "The Prince of Chalk" Stowe (sponsored by Herban Cafe)
  17. Mark Monlux (sponsored by Armstrong Roofing)
  18. Team Dawn + Jessica Corey Butler (sponsored by Winthrop Hotel + One Store)
  19. Mr. Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angel (sponsored by the weekly volcano)
  20. RR Anderson (sponsored by Tacoma Urbanist, UrbanXchange & Daniel Blue)
  21. Electric Elliot (sponsored by The Red Hot)
  22. Life of Elle (sponsored by The Melon)
  23. Ariel + Mark Monlux (sponsored by Tim Farrell)
  24. RR Anderson (sponsored by Woody's on the Water )
  25.                 your name here                ??

Voting For Chalk Art Submissions (Revised)

Please vote for the chalk art entry you believe is the best in the comment section below.  Explaining why you believe the piece is the best will add considerable context and meaning to your vote.

No doubt you will have friends and acquaintances who are in the contest.  Do your best to be as objective as you can in your analysis of the chalk submissions which will strengthen the participatory voting system in place.

Frost Park Challengers are encouraged to vote as well for an additional perspective to the event.

Each person 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.

Please use the word "vote" for easy reference to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

Frost Park Chalk Off Scoreboard (Synopsis of Episodes I - XIX)

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book

Flickr Group Photo pool  (Please add your flickr pictures to the group)

comments [63]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 1:08am

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2008 @ 9:09am
I'll definitely be there today. Get the good weather while you can everybody and join in!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2008 @ 9:44am
get pumped !


by joel413 on 9/26/2008 @ 10:36am
This is getting to become an addicting habit. I should be there today!

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 11:03am
Nice cool and dry chalking conditions at Frost Park today. The ghosts of a few other submissions remain which should mix it up a bit.

Its will be interesting to see who gets first, second and third place to determine the luncheon seating positions with Amy McBride.

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 11:05am
I see RR Anderson has come up with a new banner this week taken partly from the Hipster Gloom House photo:

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2008 @ 11:19am
Confirmed: Stowe will is en route from his vacation and will be bringing some out-of-towners. It's *so* on now!

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 11:51am
Confirmed: Stowe will is en route from his vacation and will be bringing some out-of-towners. It's *so* on now!


We will see if the Frost Park chalkie regulars can hold their against Stowe's (zombie?) artist horde.

I will start posting pictures of the action at 12:20 pm here:


by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 1:36pm
Initial picture post of the action:

Sponsor coordinator Liz from the COT:


by Elizabeth on 9/26/2008 @ 2:05pm
I vote Andrea! :)

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 2:24pm
Here are the entries, please feel free to post your own photos:

Adam the Alien v. Stowe

Andrea's premonition of the Matador lunch with Amy McBride:

Electric Elliot:


Stowe's Chalking Kong:

RR Anderson's Russell commentary:



by joel413 on 9/26/2008 @ 2:26pm
I had a lot of fun today.. only 5 chalkies. But somuch there in those 5 pieces.

If Electric Elliott's contains a self portrait and if you say the cats in RR's are Garfield, then every piece today contains an homage to a chalkie.

But the real question is can we decipher the Lupid Code?

Fact: Each diner is either wearing eyewear, or their eyes are shadded.

Code? Does this mean that they are blinded to art in Tacoma or that their eye sigh issomewhat flawed and they are in need of correction? (or does it mean Andrea can't draw eyes?)

Fact: Andrea has her hand raised to her mouth in thought.

Code: Or is she picking her nose? Biting her nails? Sniffing her finger.... What does it mean?

Fact: RR's arms are crossed while everyone else has open orms on the table before them.

Fact: The limes of the Corona's are still protrding from the necks, and have not been submerged in the beer.


Fact: The table cloth is white.
Code: Does this express the innocence of Tacoma Art and the fact that is has yet to be forever stained by PRANG?

More questions from today...
Why has RR spent $700B to store a Clone Army at Tacoma SELF Storage?

Why is CHALKing Kong climbing on a building that clearly exceeds Tacoma's height restrictions?

What the frak are spoonhands?

Is that an Ultimate Frisbee® or a glowing NSFW something or other....

Who do I vote for?
I vote for Me... CLOOOOOOONES!

by joel413 on 9/26/2008 @ 2:28pm
@Erik I'm the unknown artist & all your missing is the Frost Park header from the top of the hill, which was also mine, but nothing fancy.

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 2:33pm
Thanks Joel. Fixed it.

by tacomachickadee on 9/26/2008 @ 3:09pm

oh my.

by Adam the Alien on 9/26/2008 @ 3:41pm
Most Frost Park regulars know my character and Stowe's character, so that doesn't need explaining...but I feel like I should explain the spoon-fingers (or spooon-fingers!). I had spoon-fingers on the brain, you see, because I was watching prominent YouTuber/vlogger/nerdfighter/eco-blogger Hank Green on BlogTV last night, and...this happened...

Edward Spoonfingers

Spoonfingers part 2

by joel413 on 9/26/2008 @ 3:55pm
Aditional note on mine: Above the zoom out is the caption: RxR's Army!

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2008 @ 3:58pm
Here are my pics of the entries:

by RR Anderson

by Joel

by Electric Elliot

by Stowe

by Andrea

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2008 @ 4:02pm
Nice to have Stowe back this week and I love his chalked triumphant return. Great work by Elliot and now I totally want a frisbee with LEDs to make it glow like that. Joel totally rocked it with a great vision of our RR infused clone war future. It's between RR and Andrea for me this week.

Though I love the topical message of RR's work I gotta vote for Andrea just because the scene is just a really solid one. See everyone next week!

by beerandhotdogs on 9/26/2008 @ 4:23pm
I vote RR.


by jamesstoweart on 9/26/2008 @ 4:42pm
I must vote for myself... because I am in control of a mighty unstoppable zombie army!

My out of town guests all had an excellent time. My adopted city showed excellent hospitality to my oldest and dearest friends. I am very proud of Tacoma and my friends here. Thank you for showing them a good time. And Chris, we hit the Red Hot afterwards. Each and every person named it the bast place they'd eaten during the entire trip.

Now to rally them... for a total zombie onslaught!

by Lance Kagey on 9/26/2008 @ 4:43pm
Hey gang,
Hope you're all doin' good. I had to spend the day (in between real work) creating my Volcano cover art for Ron. Looks like it will be coming out Oct. 23. My ode to chalk art.

I vote for Adam.


by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 4:45pm
Though I love the topical message of RR's work I gotta vote for Andrea just because the scene is just a really solid one

Yeah. Here's a surreal scene of Andrea drawing Andrea in the Matador setting.

This is the first self portrait I have seen of hers without an anime or fantasy enhancement.

Here's her rendition of Tacoma Art and list serve czar Amy McBride:

I vote for Andrea's piece.

by Derk on 9/26/2008 @ 4:50pm
I'm one of the out-of-towners Sto brought to the Chalk Off and had a great time. I must vote for Sto, mainly because of the penguin dressed as a panda shooting a bazooka.

by morgan on 9/26/2008 @ 5:02pm
I only had time to do a drive by today but I really like seeing Stowe's piece ALMOST touch RR's - next time...

How does Stowe do it?! Such complexity in only an hour?! My vote goes to him this week.

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 5:08pm
I must vote for myself... because I am in control of a mighty unstoppable zombie army!

Stowe has indeed launched a unabashed zombie army.

Yet, I remember the words of Stowe: that there is always a way to kill zombies no matter what the type.

by Sto'sZombieCaptain on 9/26/2008 @ 5:08pm

Master gives brains

master gets vote!

Chalking Kong is Master!

Master Wins!

Geek Week 2008!

by aSchedler on 9/26/2008 @ 5:16pm
Another vote for Chalking Kong. =)

by geffen on 9/26/2008 @ 5:56pm
Yep. I hate to dogpile it but Stowe did chalk up me a cthuhlu monster on demand!

More votes for the Chalking Kong!

by judges19merescued on 9/26/2008 @ 6:10pm
I vote RR. The carnage just "spoke" to me. (I can smell Wallstreet and flesh burning...)

by Dave_L on 9/26/2008 @ 6:22pm
(From Wall Street to 9th Street?) I also have to vote for RxR, partly for the (70's pop-culture reference and for the couple friends I have that work there. And I like the way the branch comes out of the bush. (Here's the opposite view, btw.) I do like the other chalk art. A strong pallete for the small number of chalkers. Are we in a downward decline of participants? We'll have to crank it up next week and the week after, since the Chalk-Off documentary shows next Sunday. I hear there was favorable mention in today's TNT insert. (The production company wants to distribute posters prior to the event if anyone wants to draw one.)

by Dave_L on 9/26/2008 @ 6:41pm
(Looks like they added a photo to the Film Festival Listing.)

(By "next Sunday," I meant Oct. 5th)

by geffen on 9/26/2008 @ 6:43pm
Hi! This is Monique, another of Stowe's Geek Week crew. I think I'm signed on to the forum as someone else, but I've gotta toss in another vote for Stowe, the Chalking Kong, the penguin in a panda suit, and the many-tentacled Cthulhu.

by Erik on 9/26/2008 @ 6:48pm
We'll have to crank it up next week and the week after, since the Chalk-Off documentary shows next Sunday.

Thanks Dave. Great photo of the chalking action for the film:


The film briefly examines how Chalk Off got started in Tacoma and why local artists and the community rose to the call to help save Frost Park from being fenced up and closed to the public.

Frost Park is named after Tacoma Police officer Larry L. Frost who was tragically killed on duty.

by Courtney on 9/26/2008 @ 7:24pm
Chalkington! I am so glad our friends had fun even though none of them chalked and darn it all of them are some kind of art major! Andrea's was really solid too and I loved Electric Elliot's piece too. Wish I could have been there.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2008 @ 7:28pm
hi gang. I'm enjoying my RED HOT 6th ave dogs while watching the presidential debates.

here are my photos!

RR's Hang In There Frank Russell!

Return of Stowe

Electric Elliot's Ultimate Frisby

Andrea's Last Supper (lunch)

Adam the Alien

Joel's Mystery House

I vote for Andrea! I love Renaissance art references.

Stowe! Welcome back my friend (secret handshake).

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2008 @ 7:40pm
Electric Elliot I noticed your use of Elle's paint brush blending method in Kevin's profoundly confident photography stream.

Did you find this method superior?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2008 @ 7:44pm
looking forward to Lance's volcano cover!!!!!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2008 @ 7:51pm
dave L, yeah our numbers suffered when the children had to return to school.

Kids, forget school. come to the chalk and get a real world education!

by deeble interactive on 9/26/2008 @ 8:35pm
christ in a dumptruck those were lame debates RR. how could you stand it?

1 vote for Lance!

by TacomaGnome on 9/26/2008 @ 9:01pm
As an outsider who enjoys carving spoons, I certainly cast my vote for Adam.

by ALT on 9/26/2008 @ 9:06pm
Got a few photos in at the last minute. While I was at it I added a title to my piece. Broke my piece down into several photos given its length.

see full size pics here: www.flickr.com/photos/unstableart/

by Nathe on 9/26/2008 @ 9:13pm
Adam FTW!

Oh, and Adam that can be the alternative meaning I presented to you. But the whole world? Sure.

by ALT on 9/26/2008 @ 9:15pm
While I'm online I'm going to cast my vote. I vote for myself. It's been a while since I personally felt I created a strong entry, and I really like the way this one turned out.

by Elisabeth on 9/26/2008 @ 9:19pm
Gun shy. If I stray off topic will you delete me?

I vote for Andrea. Like the Last Supper theme, whether it was intentional or not, struck a chord with me. Still I think her work is highly accomplished. As I feel the same with RR. Tough. Its a tie for me, Andrea and RR. Thanks for sharing with us your lovely work. :)

by aylalala on 9/26/2008 @ 9:23pm
Wow. I vote for Andrea.

by anubismp on 9/26/2008 @ 9:24pm
I vote for Andreas "Premonition". Great work everyone though.

by solid snake on 9/26/2008 @ 9:34pm
*********************************** I vote for Andrea *******************************

by liquid snake on 9/26/2008 @ 9:51pm
I vote for Andrea because her artwork is fabulous.

by Adam the Alien on 9/26/2008 @ 9:56pm
The scary thing is, Andrea's drawing may end up pretty accurate.

To try to offset that, because it would be too eerie, I vote for myself. :-D

by MarkMonlux on 9/26/2008 @ 10:00pm
I vote for Adam because....SPOON!

by tacomachickadee on 9/26/2008 @ 10:35pm
I vote for Adam the Alien!

So does Little Chickadee/Diva Girl ... she says "it's funny."

So that's TWO votes for Adam.

by Adam the Alien on 9/27/2008 @ 12:10am
Final Count!

Andrea: 10
Stowe: 7
Adam: 7
RR: 3
Joel: 1

by scout on 9/27/2008 @ 1:44am

I was too late to vote but I would have voted for your piece. I haven't voted for a few weeks but your entry was really amazing - the "Last Supper" theme was really impressive and well executed (no pun intended).It was really different from anything you've done before, but your voice was still obvious in the characterization. You never cease to amaze me, woman!

by joel413 on 9/27/2008 @ 8:45am
You know, maybe this is why RR looks so put out in Andrea's piece! Because the chalk RR knew he wasn't going to get to go!

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2008 @ 12:05pm
chalk RR as rendered by Andrea is obviously the 'Judas' of the group.

I'm still exploring the symbolism of the bowl(s) of Doritos.

Adam will you be filming the power lunch? Please?

Congratulations everybody!

by Erik on 9/27/2008 @ 12:19pm
Congrats Andrea!

Stowe launched a full fledged zombie army which Andrea slayed, one after another:

Andrea has had a bit of a dry spell at Frost and has not prevailed since Episode 12.

by Erik on 9/27/2008 @ 12:25pm
chalk RR as rendered by Andrea is obviously the 'Judas' of the group.

I'm still exploring the symbolism of the bowl(s) of Doritos.

Yeah. Andrea drew the RR figure on the outside of the group which indicates she had a premonition he would be the last of the three. RR's arms folded with Stowe's back to RR makes his presence even more marginal.

The final blow in Andrea's drawing is expressed by giving each character a Corona beer except RR. Harsh. Yet, Andrea was simply drawing what would be. (Alternatively, she successfully imposed her will on the future)

Thus, the following chalk contestants get the ultra rare privilege of being taken to lunch by Tacoma Art czar Amy McBride:

Note how Andrea places herself at the right hand of Amy:

Cultural reference:

Judas is wearing green and blue and is in shadow, looking rather withdrawn and taken aback by the sudden revelation of his plan.

He is clutching a small bag, perhaps signifying the silver given to him as payment to betray Jesus, or perhaps a reference to his role within the 12 disciples as treasurer. He is the only person to have his elbow on the table; traditionally a sign of bad manners. Peter looks angry and is holding a knife pointed away from Christ, perhaps foreshadowing his violent reaction in Gethsemane during Jesus' arrest. The youngest apostle, John, appears to swoon.


by ALT on 9/27/2008 @ 12:56pm
chalk RR as rendered by Andrea is obviously the 'Judas' of the group.

I'm still exploring the symbolism of the bowl(s) of Doritos.

Yes, my decision on the stance of this RxR was based upon previous altercations regarding proper use of the Tacoma Listserve. ;)

As for the corn chips - who's to say? Complimentary Matador hors d'oeuvres or symbolic Nine Inch Nachos?

I must say I'm surprised by the results of this Chalk-off! Per usual Stowe and RxR rendered particularly strong entries, and I tried to base my composition on what I had anticipated would be the outcome this week. Of course it, was difficult to guess whose entries would win when they were all still in progress.

Adam - congratulations!! Ironic - Julie Bennett had recommended that I draw The Alien at the table, but by then the Chalk-Off was over, and I was just about out of gas.

Congrats again, Adam The Alien/The Tick/Spoon Man. I'll see you then and - I supposed I don't need to ask you - bring your camera!

by Erik on 9/27/2008 @ 1:34pm
The Volcano/Spew has posted the cropped photo of the Matador scene as Flickr photo of the day:


by dawntown on 9/27/2008 @ 7:09pm
Congrats all who showed. I wished I could have met Stowe's old cohorts; I'm sure that would explain a lot ;). Great work, again, as always and my vote would have gone to Andrea. Her piece had some great Tacoma relevance and was pretty creative

Sorry I missed out, again, this week; was out of town for work stufff, but I should be there next week with chalk in hand...

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2008 @ 7:43pm
we missed you dawntown! Look forward to your return.

by Adam the Alien on 9/27/2008 @ 11:16pm
I'm amused by the fact that I drew myself fighting Stowe, and we tied for second...

Adam will you be filming the power lunch? Please?

I supposed I don't need to ask you - bring your camera!

The camera shall be present, and there shall be vlog-tastic goodness. Hopefully in a relatively timely manner, even; I'm catching up in my vlogging - it's mostly slowed, at this point, by some technical problems with some of the footage I imported to a portable drive whilst in Hawaii.

I'm quite excited...it's the second time I've achieved second, and the first time I'll receive any kind of prize. Better yet, it's a prize that can be filmed! It's the gift that keeps on giving! :-)

All the pieces this week were fantastic...and Andrea, I remain ever-jealous of your art style. This week's piece, in particular, is drawn in that perfect sketchy-but-not-sketchy style I love and wish I could achieve with as much ease as you seem to.

Stowe, it was great to see you back...though also intimidating. Perhaps I should take a week off and just watch you for the whole hour, see how you lay down so much friggin' chalk in so little time.

Elliot, your very colorful frisbee makes me wonder how your eyes filter reality...perhaps through a combination of science fiction films and a healthy dose of 60's/70's film weirdness?

RR, your piece this week - for so many reasons - is one of my favorite Frost Park entries to date. It just worked out perfectly.

I am, however, more than slightly disturbed by Joel's concept of an army of naked RR clones...