Tacoma Urbanist

Oct. 24, 2008 at 12:24am

Today Noon At Frost Park: 2nd to Last Chalk Off in 2008

Frost Park Chalking Today

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(An artistic Tacoma "happening" is coming to a close)

Episode XXVIII: Week 28

Q: Are the Frost Park chalk offs over???/?

A: Almost. Today is the second to the last one. The "greatest illustrator in the universe of Tacoma" is about to be determined.

RR Anderson's message to the world. (Note: RR's faux "Bill of Rights sounds like a bunch of oppressive rules.)

The Sidewalk Chalker's Bill of Rights:

I. CHALK and other PICTORIAL resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the SIDEWALK serves.

IMAGERY should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. FROST PARK CHALK ART should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.

IMAGERY should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. FROST PARK CHALK ART should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. FROST PARK CHALK ART should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person's right to use FROST PARK CHALK ART should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views... (ONLY 1  EPISODES LEFT IN THE SEASON!)

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









Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. 29  is made possible through charitable donation of COURTNEY'S (AKA MRS. STOWE--professional massage therapist at the Savi Day Spa located in the Murano.) ONE HOUR OUT-CALL MASSAGE administered in the COMFORT OF THE FIRST PLACE WINNER'S HOME. But that's not all! 

SECOND PLACE WINNER shall receive their
choice of 3 OF STOWE'S framed Frost Park Trading Card prints reproduced/oversized at 5" x 7". 

AND Finally, for THIRD PLACE, HOLISTIC FORGE WORKS will donate a genuine ELF QUEST #2 marvel COMIC BOOK 


Frost Park Chalk Off Awards of Excellence and Achievement


The party is: Artists only 6-7, open to public 7-9.
Saturday the 25th - the HERBAN CAFE 


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 [51]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 12:37am
RR Anderson's Art for this week's episode:

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 12:39am
Laura Hanan, Frost Park Chalk off contestant and sponsor graces the cover of Tacoma City Arts Magazine for November:

(photo by the Tacoma Urbanist)

by scout on 10/24/2008 @ 2:05am
Flattered but not the real deal - RR pulls another rabbit out of his butt!

by izenmania on 10/24/2008 @ 7:12am
I had no idea he had so much room in there! It's like the Tardis!

by KevinFreitas on 10/24/2008 @ 8:56am
Looking forward to today! Should be beautiful weather. I'll be there with my team from work in tow.

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 9:25am
Looking forward to today! Should be beautiful weather. I'll be there with my team from work in tow.

Yeah. Looks like it may be a clear day and will warm up quite a bit.

by Mandiferous on 10/24/2008 @ 9:34am
Will be there in spirit since I have a lunch meeting. But I am planning an awesome soundtrack for next Friday.

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 11:34am
But I am planning an awesome soundtrack for next Friday.

Yeah. That's what Frost Park needs, its own album!

Ok. Its game time. See everyone there:


by KevinFreitas on 10/24/2008 @ 1:24pm
Great work out there today! Super busy afternoon but I'll post my shots after work. See everyone at the show tomorrow night!

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 1:45pm
Initial pictures:

Saturday's Frost Park party at Herban handed out:

The every changing crowd at Frost Park:

A new breed of Hipsters are transforming Tacoma:

Return of the Frog:

Time to start a bbq at Frost Park:

by scout on 10/24/2008 @ 2:34pm
My cat says he could get into scarfing down on some teeny, tiny barbecued froggies!

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 3:40pm
Let the voting for the second to the last chalk off for 2008 begin!

by Mandiferous on 10/24/2008 @ 4:43pm
Drove by at 1:30pm and Andrea was still working! Only had a moment to see as the car went by but it looked impressive. Can't wait to see photos (hint hint)!

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 4:51pm
Can't wait to see photos (hint hint)!

Here's my set:


Darkain and Kevin will post their set soon.

by Darkain on 10/24/2008 @ 5:14pm
Hahhaaa, yeah, Darkain will post their set soon.... erm.. oh wait, It just went live!!!


by Adam the Alien on 10/24/2008 @ 5:28pm
Guys, don't just post links to your set...you're supposed to post one of each piece, so people know what there is (honestly, you photographers have gotten lazy...says the guy whose videos are always late). Especially you, Darkain, since you have the only photographic evidence of newbie chalker Karl, who showed up after everyone left and asked if he could chalk something. I let him use my chalk and he had me model for his sketch:

I think it's pretty damn impressive, especially since it was his first time drawing with chalk.

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 5:37pm
Electric Elliot's Dave's Killer Bread Ride

Andrea's Masterpiece

Dawn's Crack Kills

Adam the Alien's Weezer Reference

Stowe's Nightmare Pumpkin

RR's Strange  Fascination with Potbelly Stoves

by Adam the Alien on 10/24/2008 @ 5:57pm
Well, I don't dare vote as late as I usually do, for fear of getting home too late or forgetting after I do get home, so I'm going to go ahead and vote for the newcomer, Karl. Not only is it cool that he saw the art we left behind and wanted to participate, but there was no stage of his drawing - watching it progress from sketchy outline to finished piece - that I wouldn't find impressive coming from a seasoned chalker. And he'd never worked with chalk! Plus, y'know, he drew me, which was cool. So Karl has my vote.

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 6:01pm
Guys, don't just post links to your set...you're supposed to post one of each piece, so people know what there is

Way to "crack" the whip there Adam.

Speaking of crack, does this help?


by Adam the Alien on 10/24/2008 @ 6:06pm
By the way, a quick explanation for mine: DFTBA, for those who didn't read the text under it, stands for Don't Forget To Be Awesome, and it is a Nerdfighter saying. Nerdfighters are nerds who fight for awesome and the decrease of worldsuck. The term came into being during the course of a project called Brotherhood 2.0, in which John Green and Hank Green vlogged back and forth with each other - in place of any textual communication - for a year. They still vlog - though not every day and no longer in place of other forms of communication - at www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers

John Green, in particular, is a published author of three fine books. His most recent, Paper Towns, just released and just made it to fifth on the New York Times bestseller list due to the efforts of the Nerdfighter community to pre-order the book and/or buy it the instant it released. He - and his brother, Hank, as well as a horde of other Nerdfighters - will be at the Seattle Public Library on Tuesday the 28th from 7pm to 9pm.

John's Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Green_(author)

by Dave_L on 10/24/2008 @ 6:18pm
Before I leave the internets, I cast my VOTE for Electric Elliott. I just like it. (And not just because it has "Dave" in it.) Though Andrea's light-channeling piece and RR's are once again superhuman, and New Karl's is excellent. Another great week.

by dawntown on 10/24/2008 @ 7:08pm
All Nerds and Buttcrackers go to heaven...

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 7:10pm
I hope Darkain will have some of his photos in Stowe's Frost Park show.

Chawksome-11 - Darkain.com

Chawksome-13 - Darkain.com

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 7:11pm
does adam the alien win for the most rendered avatar ?

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 7:14pm

is dave riding a garfield made of bread dough OR is dave riding a wright park lion?

Your answer will help clinch my vote.

Thank you.

by jamesstoweart on 10/24/2008 @ 8:44pm
First, let me go on record as say that there are only two episodes left for me to catch up to the two current GITU(OT) leaders (the esteemed R.R. Anderson and his fantasmic chalk commentaries and the lovely Andrea Lowen, master of the sublime chalk arts). With 5 wins each that have truly proven their skill and their speed. Although I believe that I possess the abilities needed to compete with such impressive talent my win tally is somewhat lacking... So that is why I pulled out the Halloween themed "Big Guns" today. How was to know that everyone else at the park would also be carrying large caliber weapons? Also, having recieved massages from Courtney Stowe (my adorable wife and master massage therapist) I want this win even more so. You may say, but he lives with her...clearly he could have a masage whenever he wished. But I say NO! I am the child of a cobbler without any shoes. I need this win to secure massage services.

So...vote for Stowe (with assistance from skilled son Barrett) and his extra large pumpkin!

by jamesstoweart on 10/24/2008 @ 8:49pm
That being said...

I am voting for Dawn because I love her piece and its blatant promotion of the Frost Park Chalk-Off Retrospective Art Show.

Dawn incorporated many past entries into a cohesive entry that invokes her first serious entry into competitive chalking (even if it was her 2nd actual entry). four uses of the word "entry" in the same sentence. Go me

I looked past her obvious plumber's crack and saw a wonderful retrospective chalk piece. One of Dawn's best. Great job and worthy of many votes.

by ALT on 10/24/2008 @ 9:10pm
Took a little long to finish up this round, so I took a couple of my own photos when I was (finally) done.

Speaking of taking extra time, I'm going to need some before I decide which entry to vote for....

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 9:14pm
wow Pegasuses Wolf!

by kathy on 10/24/2008 @ 9:26pm
I vote for Sto and Barrett!!!

Nice pumpkin dude!

by WaywardScooterGirl on 10/24/2008 @ 9:29pm
My vote goes to Stowe and the spirit of the pumpkin.

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 9:30pm
Today (Episode XXIX) brings back memories of the infamous Episode V.

Here was Dawn's entry from Episode V:

Here was Andrea's entry from Episode V:

Andrea's Jane's Hot Shop cone came from Episode IV:


And her Pegasus wolf from Episode IV:

9:49 p.m. and Stowe's zombie calvary looks to be arriving. :)

by Courtney on 10/24/2008 @ 9:42pm
I know I'm a sponsor but I gotta vote for Sto. I love that kind of Halloweeny thing.

by jcbetty on 10/24/2008 @ 9:47pm
I gotsta "GO DAWN!!" --though the Stowe&son, the Demon Frog, the Electric Elliot, and the newbie Adamthealien chalker certainly didn't disappoint... Good stuff, maynard...

by jcbetty on 10/24/2008 @ 9:51pm
oh, dude. Just saw Andrea's triumphant finish. That is mightily impressive.

still.... Dawn ftw

by jcbetty on 10/24/2008 @ 9:53pm
(ant, btw-- I have it on good authority that, regrettably, that is a most cruel but brilliant RR hoax-- no, CityArts won't feature that particular cover this month. But I have it on good authority-- guarantee it, in fact!-- that the cover will be pretty friggin' cool.)

by ALT on 10/24/2008 @ 10:01pm
Ok, time for me to vote. :)

I've gotta say that I was struck by Stowe's awesome Samhain, saturating the pavement with matte black in the style that made his famous volcano entry "One Day I Explode" so striking. The brilliant curls of purple and orange against the swath of supernatural night topped with the grinning Jack-O-Lantern had me thinking Nightmare Before Christmas! Loved it.

Dawn's piece truly is a wonderful and witty retrospective piece and a great tribute to a few of the best entries we've had. Great execution and color!

I absolutely love RxR's piece. The rich use of solid blacks, brilliant colors, and clean lines create an amazingly eye-popping piece. RxR's potbelly stove was rendered in such a way that it appears to exhibit the semi-reflective qualities its real life counterpart would have. The happy Jack-O-Lantern is adorable - the whole piece reads as a cozy, safe place to be on All Hallow's Eve.

It was a tough decision to make, but my vote goes to RxR!

by dawntown on 10/24/2008 @ 10:08pm
Me and my buttcrack are still an

by tacomachickadee on 10/24/2008 @ 10:12pm
I wish I had time for a lengthy explain ... but am thoroughly exhausted by two children's Halloween parties tonight. And in that vein I SHOULD vote Stowe, but Dawn's tugged at my heart strings this week. So I VOTE Dawn. ... Though total kudos to all. Love RR's stuff as usual ... as a collection, he rules the world 100%. Adam's shout out to the Vlog Brothers was great. Halloween was spectacular ... and Barrett did a great job in assisting (which I'm a sucker for). Andrea's was SPECTACULAR. I wish I could hang it on my wall. Newbie had great light effects! And EE's was very fun.

If I could RCV this baby ... naw, not going there. Great work everyone! Thanks for making Fridays way special. I'm crossing my fingers for sun next Friday, as I and my munchkins have the day off of work/school and plan to make one last family appearance for the season. Must stock up on chalk ... and do sun dances. Ooh! Yoga tomorrow! I'll pay extra attention to my sun salutations or whatever they're called! :)

by tacomachickadee on 10/24/2008 @ 10:12pm
And I guess I ended up doing a lengthy explain afterall. But now: to bed for me. Early morning yoga must not be missed due to dwelling on chalk ...

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 10:28pm
I vote for the frog who's not afraid to sticky-tongue a star.

I vote for the lone wolf who's not afraid to spread her wings and travel the cosmos.

I vote for the cone who is not afraid to spew its star-stuff across the vacuum of space.

I'm voting for these things because I believe I am that frog. I believe I am that she-wolf. But most of all.... I believe I am that cone.

I vote for Andrea.

by Erik on 10/24/2008 @ 10:30pm
Early morning yoga must not be missed due to dwelling on chalk ...

Darn. That means that we will have to wait till tomorrow for you to count the votes.

Dawn improved her piece and had a good advertisement for Stowe's event.

I vote Dawn.

by NineInchNachos on 10/24/2008 @ 10:42pm
the typography of Dawn's piece was absolutely imperial

by AngelaJossy on 10/24/2008 @ 10:45pm
I vote RR because i too love pot belly stowes!

by AngelaJossy on 10/24/2008 @ 10:47pm
I mean stoves!

by KevinFreitas on 10/24/2008 @ 10:53pm
I vote Stowe for the wonderfully whimsical nature of his Halloween piece. I agree with Andrea that it's very Nightmare Before Xmas. Dawn and Andrea's retrospective pieces are great and RR did well with his potbelly tribute. Cheers to all and we'll see you tomorrow night at the show!

by jamesstoweart on 10/24/2008 @ 10:58pm
i too love pot belly stowes!

Hmmm... myself, I prefer newly flat bellied Stowes.

They are all the rage.

by volcanogod on 10/24/2008 @ 11:14pm
I'd like to vote for my son's pumpkin — James Stowe's Dad.

by jamesstoweart on 10/25/2008 @ 10:39am
Can anyone do a final tally? I am curious how the vote turned out. I think I am tied with Dawn but my math is atrocious. I am an artist...I can't do math.

Official tally request!

by izenmania on 10/25/2008 @ 12:29pm
My count:

Stowe: 5
Dawn: 4
RR: 2
Andrea: I
Karl: I
Elliot: I

So... Stowe wins a one hour massage IN THE COMFORT OF HIS OWN HOME... from his wife?

Dawn wins giant cards.

And RR gets his very own Elfquest #2! From himself!

by tacomachickadee on 10/25/2008 @ 3:03pm
And I confirm izenmania's excellent counting with a "that's what I got, too"! Congrats everyone! See you tonight!