Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 27, 2008 at 12:00am

Today At Noon: Frost Park Chalking, Vote Here

banner by Andrea Trenbeath Lowen

Attend the Chalk-off, Today @ Noon, Frost Park, then vote for your favorite below.

Today is Frost Park Friday noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue in Downtown Tacoma.

Episode XII: Week 12: 6/27/2008

Because the City of Tacoma's List serve went down last week, Tacomans were denied RR Anderson's weekly call to arms.

Here it is this week.  I suggest the message be read carefully as RR often stuffs thoughtful nuggets in these messages "for the seeker."

One of These Is a LIE:

    Perpetual motion is impossible. Sasquatch is a creature of our imaginations.

    Amelia Earhart was not captured by the Japanese, nor did she survive her disappearance at sea.

    The World Trade Center was not taken down by preset charges.
    JFK was killed by a lone gunman.

    The Bermuda Triangle offers no special dangers.
    There are no aliens in area 51.

    UFO sightings are all misinterpretations of commonplace sights. Alien abduction stories are fantasies.

    Ghosts of the dead do not communicate with us.

    The human species was not created without biological antecedents.

    Time travel will not be invented at some future date.

    We will never travel at speeds exceeding the velocity of light.

    The NASA moon landing did not take place in a TV studio.

    Men, Women and Children will never change the perception of FROST PARK with

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









Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. XII  is made possible through charitable donation of ALL YOU CAN EAT LUNCH BUFFET COUPON FOR 3 at India Mahal RESTAURANT with special BONUS SECOND PLACE PRIZE MYSTERY TRENCH-COAT donated by Mr. John Hathaway of the fine web MUCKRAKER publication THE NEW TAKHOMAN !


(third place prizes of HYPER-EXPENSIVE chalk supplies courtesy of LAURA HANAN  of the BRICK AND MORTAR GALLERY, +WARREN of TACOMA ART SUPPLY). 

"I'll be goddamned if these aren't the most altruistic individuals acting upon the Tacoma Art Community Downtown in the past 100 Years!"

Harold M. Tollefson 2008

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.                 your name here                ??

 Honorable Mention

    1.  Dave L
    2.  Laura Hanan
    3.  James aka "The Garfield Kid"
    4.  Dawn
    5.  Mark Monlux
* * *

R. Ryan Anderson,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Webmaster @
http://www.holisticforgeworks.com | Detective Agency: (253) 238-6718
++ conscientious objector + media liberator + humorist for hire ++

Rules for Chalk Art Contest:

We are making them up as we go.  However, the contest starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:00 p.m.  There are other rules in the official chalk off rulebook.

Feel free to post any pictures of the chalk art work below in this post or link to pictures or picture sets including close up shots that may make your favored piece look better or your opponents look worse.

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 in reference to the chalk submission that you believe is the best.

For more information see:

Prize Post

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

Frost Park Chalk Off Rule Book

See everyone at Frost Park today

comments [111]  |  posted under tacoma


by jenyum on 6/27/2008 @ 12:33am
I have two minor corrections to add:

"The Garfield Kid's" name is Jeremy
and the prize is a buffet for 4, including the winner and 3 guests.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 9:06am
doh! my apologies to both parties. I shall endeavor to correct the mistakes in my archive. Thanks Jen!

by Adam the Alien on 6/27/2008 @ 9:17am
Clearly, some people didn't pay enough attention to the text in Stowe's Chalk-Off Fantastic Four cover from a few weeks back...

by joel413 on 6/27/2008 @ 9:22am
Hey, It's me, "StuckinSeattle" is Chalk-Off XIII happenin' on the 4th of July?!


by jamesstoweart on 6/27/2008 @ 9:36am
Stowe's Pre-Game Report...

Forecast says: 78, sunny, and the obligatory 10% chance of precip.

Better bring your sunscreen!

I'll be passing out the following cards today...



As always distribution is random and supplies are limited.

Today I will be attempting to recreate Jeremy's 3rd place prize in chalk. This should prove to be my toughest art challenge yet. Drawing Garfield is hard... Jeremy only makes it LOOK easy.

See you all there.

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 9:57am
Another great set of cards Stowe. Can't wait to see the back of them. The melting gnome is great.

9:56 a.m.: totally clear blue sky.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 10:03am
fan-tastic mr. Stowe excelsior!

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 11:16am
Looks like the Weekly Volcano / Spew is picking up this week's Episode today:

Frost Park Chalk Challenge 12


Tacoma artist R.R. Anderson posted a time line for today’s Frost Park Chalk Challenge, which will be held at noon at the Larry Frost Memorial Park, Ninth and Commerce in downtown Tacoma.


by dawntown on 6/27/2008 @ 11:22am
Last minute Battle Art by Dawn

Frost Park Battle Art

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 11:25am
Nice work Dawn. What fun!


by jamesstoweart on 6/27/2008 @ 11:30am
taht is covered in awesome sauce

by Thorax on 6/27/2008 @ 1:20pm
oooh... I got a Lance card!
Anyone want to trade for a Mickey Mantle rookie card? Anyone?

So I had to jet early, couldn't be around for the 1:15 documentation... hope it doesn't disqualify me...
Remember, a vote for Thorax is a vote for utter coolness. Yeah, that'll convice the peoples! ;)

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 1:44pm
Wow. Record number of people chalking. Alot of new people there. Must have been 20 chalk contestants at least.

Some great colors.

Here's a link to my photos.


I will post more later.


by Lance Kagey on 6/27/2008 @ 1:58pm
Katie's octopus was great.
Andrea's ship was great.
Mark's fish was great.
RR's trolley was great.
and James was great. and so was Dawn. and Adam. and whoever drew the wiener. and and argh I can't keep track of 'em all.

Well... I guess I'll vote for that Lance kid. nice use of space. Did you see that bird across the street?

I had a hard time explaining to the homeless guy why I was drawing a random bird across the street.

anyway. peace. out.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 2:06pm
here are some highlights... explore my flickr links for more...

RR's Streetcar Uprising

Lance's Liberty Torch

Andrea's Tall Ship
(crack kills)

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright Eyes

Glass Octopuss

Team Red Hot

Stowe's Amazing Garfield Kid

The Virgin Sign

2001 Monolith Chalk Parody

Thorax O Tool's Elaborate Bridge

Monlux Stylized Sockeye Salmon


by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 2:12pm
lance wins for biggest chalk art footprint

Lance's Freedom Doves

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 2:15pm
Here's a few more.

Close ups:

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 2:25pm
Also notable at Frost Park

Andrew Fry used Stowe's print as a poster:

The bowler:

by jcbetty on 6/27/2008 @ 2:32pm
i didn't even recognize the mania

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 2:44pm
Yeah, I'm sneaky like that.

by KevinFreitas on 6/27/2008 @ 2:44pm
Red Hot Megan made it! Missed everyone today! 100 lovely degrees here in Fresburg. Looks like some amazing work out there at Frost Park. I gotta give props to Andreas tall ship and to whomever did those enchanting eyes.

Nevertheless, my vote goes to Megan's dog goodness and much first time props. Hope to see her and everyone out there next time. (we'll start a discussion re: 4th of July Friday plans soon)


by droid116 on 6/27/2008 @ 2:50pm
This weeks Chalk Off narrative on Quillpill is being done in verse, so it reads like a desperate children's book or something written by Dr. Suesse's less talented nephew (likely after some absynthe).

Chalk Off XII in bad verse.

Samples include:

"And the Tall Ship sailed free from the place where it docked. Andrea's masts in the drawing were still, but they rocked."

"The bird from last weeks winning entry was back. But this time the snake and the gnome it attacked."

"A torch had been lit both for freedom and yearning, with birds that were drawn under traffic right turning."

The stories not written until the votes are cast and counted, so send me any two line rhyming fodder and I'll try and squeeze it in.

Loved the Monlux fish and once again many great pieces. Also some new faces sitting down and chalking for the first time.

Seeing it in person, I gotta go with Andrea's Tall Ship for my vote.

by Mark Monlux on 6/27/2008 @ 2:52pm
As always everybody did a superb job. I loved Lance's concept of the liberty torch turning into doves. And while I so wanted to vote for myself again, I have to cast my vote to Stowe's dedication to Jeremy. Given the limited pastel palate most of us are stuck with, he did a fantastic job designing this piece.

I vote Stowe.

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 3:04pm
I would like to post this, because it seems to have slipped from everyone's photosets...

by jamesstoweart on 6/27/2008 @ 3:09pm
Enough talk, don't you balk. Lay your chalk on the walk.

That begs to be a Beautiful Angle poster. Do you hear me Lance? It just begs for it. Great job on the QuillPill recap D116.

And special thanks for the battle art poster. It is the coolest thing ever. I technically already got my prize for the week.

As for voting... There was just too much awesomeness. I can't decide. My brain hurts too much from heat stroke and art overload. I am leaning toward the T-Town Squid though... CHALK NEWBIES REPRESENT!

back later with an actual vote.

(P.S.: Thanks Mark, your vote means a lot.)

by Ms.Ajax on 6/27/2008 @ 3:17pm
Hmmm... I loved the hot dog....I cast my vote there.

by Lance Kagey on 6/27/2008 @ 3:24pm
That does sound like a good B_Angle poster. Hmmm. Maybe you should be a guest artist with us.

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 3:25pm
This weeks Chalk Off narrative on Quillpill is being done in verse, so it reads like a desperate children's book or something written by Dr. Suesse's less talented nephew

Love it Andrew.

You are the Frost Park poet!

by Lance Kagey on 6/27/2008 @ 3:26pm
There once was a gnome from Nantucket

by Warren on 6/27/2008 @ 3:30pm

It has to be. I am liking things with tentacles right now.

by Warren on 6/27/2008 @ 3:31pm
How come I did not see any squid?

by sillypunk on 6/27/2008 @ 3:46pm
may i just say, you are all making me very jealous over here in London with your Friday-noon fun.

by Adam the Alien on 6/27/2008 @ 3:52pm
I can't decide between RR, who used more solid color than I've ever seen him use, and Andrea, who used more detail than I thought was possible.

So since I probably won't be home again in time to decide, I'll do the immoral thing and just vote for myself. It didn't turn out quite like I envisioned, but damned if it didn't turn out good. Especially given the amount of chalk I used (more than ever before) and the time limit. I'm quite proud of it.

by kathy on 6/27/2008 @ 3:55pm
Katie's Octopus/Squid thingy gets my vote!
OK, we are chalk newbies, so this is our first attempt at chalk art.
My daughter Katie is the designer, my son Lukas and I are the "Chalk Minions"
We had helluh fun!!! We will be back. (buahahaha)
(Katie just finished another drawing in the back yard...she's inspired!!)

Katie and the Chalk Minions

Loved Andreas ship...Sto, your Jeremy was great!
Dawntown, another awesome drawing!! Lance..loved the birds, Beautiful fish Mark, and Jeremy, you get better every week!! RR! Great Trolley!!!
Y'all did some great chalking this week!!

OK here's an attempt at prose:
Look for the creatures from under the sea...representing our pride for the great two-five-three!!

(Katie wrote this!) P.S. Look for these creatures all over the streets of T-Town...

by droid116 on 6/27/2008 @ 4:01pm
Excellent contribution Kathy. It is in the narrative.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 4:02pm
@Octopus: I like the detail of the square pupils. Keen biological observation.

by beerandhotdogs on 6/27/2008 @ 4:04pm
Red Hot Megan and her hot dog dood gets my vote, and I didn't even pay her to do it. Maybe this is her way of saying she deserves a raise????

Props to all you chalkers. This thing has turned into a totally awesome deal. Very cool. Thank you for keeing it going!


by AngelaJossy on 6/27/2008 @ 4:04pm
I finally made it down, I finally drew
but alas, you see, no-one knew
For when the photos were posted online
someone forgot to post a picture of mine. :(

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 4:06pm
Pleasure to finally meet you Ms. Jossy. Maybe next time we'll manage an actual conversation :)

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 4:10pm
There are alot of great entries. Nearly voted for Dawn.

But I think RR Anderson pulls it off with Street Car Uprising:

Full size:


It is RR's good sketching but this time with color, 3D and Urban explosion out of the sidewalk.

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 4:14pm
For when the photos were posted online
someone forgot to post a picture of mine

There are a number of photo sets linked AngelaJossy. I am sure yours is in there somewhere. Find it and place it in the comments.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 4:30pm
Andrea's Groupies

can you see your piece Ms. Jossy? also all my izenmania pics didnt turn out... to many derby shadows obscuring the art.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 4:32pm
@erik my streetcar is based on the trolley currently being held captive inside the old spaghetti factory...

Break On Through!

by AngelaJossy on 6/27/2008 @ 4:37pm
It's no biggie. Mine isn't really a contender. I just wanted to give props to Maureen from Mad Hat for giving me the black chalk today when I visited her tea shop. My drawing is dedicated to her and to Linda Lapping DeSantis who's crow artwork at Mad Hat inspired the subject matter.

You can sort of see mine in this picture:


by Cathy on 6/27/2008 @ 4:48pm
What a day for a chalk fest.

I'm voting for RR's trolly busten' loose.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 4:50pm
here is a graphic that illustrates the difficulty of documenting chalk art on sunny days by artists wearing hats of protuberance:

by Erik on 6/27/2008 @ 4:53pm
Ok here it is AngelaJossy a little more viewable.

I did see it but somehow I thought it was from last week. Sorry. Its a lot more complicated to shoot all of Frost Park than the old days.

Its best to have a camera with you to make sure your submission gets a good picture taken of it.

by Katie on 6/27/2008 @ 4:55pm
I'm going to vote for the octopuss.
for the fact that im very proud of how our first piece came out
it was really fun
and ill be attending much more often
i really loved everyone else's too
all were very creative and inspiring

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 4:56pm
I'm voting for me, for 2 reasons.

1) I think it is my best ever rendition of a guitar.
2) I love curry.

Vote Izenmania! He loves curry!

by Dave L. on 6/27/2008 @ 5:14pm
I hope to get on-line later to look at all the entries, but RxR’s Trolley, the action and perspective in the piece, and the effective way he detailed the windows and headlamp are incredible. And thank you, Megan, for asking me to help chalk today - It was loads of fun and an honour being a part of your first (of many) chalk entries!

Meanwhile, curious about our friend sillypunk across the pond... Just wandered in, or a local from here traveling there??

by Altered Chords on 6/27/2008 @ 5:34pm
I cast my vote for Andrea. I could have stared at it all day. In fact, tonight I plan to remove the concrete wall that it's on and put it in my living room.

by jamesstoweart on 6/27/2008 @ 5:58pm
Our pics from today...

And after much MUCH deliberation... My vote is going to Team Anderson and their T-Town Octo-Squid.

Although it could have easily gone to any of the others... lots of homeruns today.

by jcbetty on 6/27/2008 @ 6:12pm
It's too stinkin' hard to decide this one.
Monlux? Fabulous, as usual. Colorful bright, happy. Kagey? Inspired, up to the dove on the street.
RR? Amazing perspective, motion, swirls.
Andrea? Swhhhheeeeeeeeeet tall ship, timely, detailed, lovely.
Jossy? WOW!! Singer/song/rock-writers can do 2-D art, too? NICE!!
Megan? Very cool. Loved it, loved the Futurama eyes.
Katie &fam-minions --wow, holy cow. Super impressive first effort.
Thorax? NIce. Bonus points for Murray Morgan and lovely prose.
Jeremy? Once again, showing Garfield with an ever-impressively growing artistic style.
Izenman? Nice. And bonus points to you, for personal hygiene and best use of a bowler hat.
Stowe? WOW. Once again showing you're not just talented, but a really nice guy, doing a "card" by request.
Dawn? Damn, girl. You keep getting stronger and stronger. LOVED this weeks (though why's everyone gotta pick on the poor gnome?)

I don't know how to vote. I loved 'em all, and vote for all of em. :)

by Mark Monlux on 6/27/2008 @ 6:16pm
Warren, I know why you were looking for squid. But, after drawing squid all week I wanted to break loose with a fish instead. For those who want to know what I'm talking about here is a poster that will soon go on sale at the Tacoma Art Supply.

by {Jess} on 6/27/2008 @ 7:17pm
I am going to have to vote for the 253 octopus /Squid.

by AngelaJossy on 6/27/2008 @ 7:18pm
Yippee there it is! Thank you Stowe! I'm tempted to give you my vote just for that! Would that be unfair? Biased by my own vanity? I'll have to deliberate on that for a little while...


by Marty on 6/27/2008 @ 7:36pm
All great work,

My vote is for Andrea's "Tall Ship."

I hope it is not erased before next weekend.

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 7:57pm
My makeshift ode to today's Frost Park hats -- the Mad Hatters, if you will -- is posted at www.tacomachickadee.com.

Great work everyone!

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 8:13pm
So much goodness.

My vote goes to Andrea.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 8:22pm
@mark nice poster! I like the with the boat axe chopping at wildly at tentacles.

@andrea the Baroque rendering of the tall ship is classic. Altered cords has the right idea.

great work this round Frost Park team.

I vote for the liberated Spaghetti Factory Tacoma Street Car. Like Izenmania I too crave curry.

by LilChickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 8:49pm
wow! all of the pictures are great! but........i vote for Ariel's tiger eyes.

by LilChickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 8:51pm
I would have voted for Adam's but ... ... I decided to vote for Ariel.

by ALT on 6/27/2008 @ 8:56pm
Caught me with my pants down. What can I say - I'm a crack addict where loose fitting slacks are involved. :D Just give me some medicine in the form of a bum-concealing trench coat.

I say this every time - but these are some of the most powerful entries to date. Saw a lot of new chalkies cranking out some spectacular work. The sheen of Katie's Glass Octopus is mesmerizing, as are those giant Tiger's Eyes. R.R's Street Cars Rising literally explodes out of the pavement with color and energy. Dawn - another amazing piece! Brilliant colors and use of highlights while incorporating those mortal enemies: Serpent and Gnome. I adore the rich color job in Mark Monlux's Carp. Stowe's entry is once again INCREDIBLE. I love that wonderfully creepy and intimidating under lighting - a great likeness of your latest collector card, of which I was the lucky recipient (extra brilliant collection for this week by the way! I love your fashion model card and Adam Jones especially! )

And so this brings me to my vote for this week. I vote for Jeremy's Garfield. Not only is the child highly skilled, he accosted me at Frost Park today and demanded my vote. C'mon - how can I say no to a face like this?

-No really

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 9:14pm
Did I mention that featured in this week's Mad Hatter unveiling (www.tacomachickadee.com) is ... jcbetty (and Dawn by happenchance), izenmania, RR, Adam the Alien, Ariel's SO, RR, a Satellite Coffee co-owner, Andrea, The Boy, Linda and friend, Mark and Stowe.

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 9:19pm
Oh, and since my camera did completely rebel, I'll simply have to tell you that Lil' Chickadee chalked "the best flag she could" in honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. And Baby Chickadee was showing some mad chalking skilz as she massaged her wet chalk into the sidewalk, and The Boy ... well, he did a tid-bit too, but mostly was entertained by playing in the water. :)

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 9:35pm
this picture has a dog in it

Izenmania Clan

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 9:38pm
Stowe's Garfield costume has a wonderful glazed/hallow/vacant eye maniac stare... very twisted an awesome.

Stowe is a master of light.

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 9:38pm
*shameless curry hunt*

RR, I'll vote for you if you promise to take me with you to curry-lunch.

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 9:45pm
Ohh .. I like izenmania's strategy ...

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 9:51pm
hmmmm... ethical dilema.... would buying votes compromise the integrity of the Frost Park Honor System?

Joe you've got a deal!

and I believe there is one more seat available on this curry train if any other adventurous seekers would like to follow in Izenmania's pioneering footsteps.

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 9:55pm
Dang it. I might have to switch votes since it would mean two of the folks' I really liked would get curry. Rgh. Dilemma. It was all so close ... just depended on the angle. Beautiful angles! Rgh. Enough cheesiness ... ponder ponder ponder ...

by Dianne on 6/27/2008 @ 10:01pm
I vote for Jeremy. I am sure he is the best Garfield artist n Tacoma.

Unless I am missing something, there is not a picture of Ariel's really amazing Tiger Eyes. I love tiger eyes and I love Ariel's art because she is awesome. I also didn't see a picture of Dawn's really cool art this week. Good thing I am there in person.

by JeremyScott on 6/27/2008 @ 10:03pm
I vote for myself. Adam the alien is really cool. He is my second choice.

by izenmania on 6/27/2008 @ 10:07pm
RR's got a pic of Ariel's, and Erik has a pic of Dawn's.

by ensie on 6/27/2008 @ 10:07pm
I can't get over the colors in Andrea's piece. Absolutely stunning. I'm voting (this time before midnight!) for her this week.

But I love, love, love Stowe's nod to Jeremy, as I love Jeremy's work every week.

And as always, I debated back and forth for several hours before casting my vote. There were so many artists today with so many incredible pieces. I particularly loved Lance's torch with the doves, Mark's fish, and Ariel's tiger eyes...but I can't leave out the awesome octopus or the kick-ass hot dog either! And of course I'm leaving things out...

by mzkrug on 6/27/2008 @ 10:11pm
Even though there is no picture of Ariel's tiger eyes, I am voting for it anyway.

by pietogo on 6/27/2008 @ 10:12pm
I think Lance's torch was pretty incredible with the dark, billowing "shade-cloud" trying to overtake the yearning to breathe free, and the doves escaping one by one all the way across the street! Sooo symbolic! Doves are a sign of peace, right?! Anyhoo. My vote is for Lance. It was a toss up between the torch and the ship...

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 10:14pm
Lance's doves just about had me ... and RR's presentation and theme just about had me ... and Mark's colors were as brilliant as always ... and loved izenmania's out-of-the-box theme as always ... and the kids are lobbying Ariel, of course, but I'm going to have to stick with Andrea. Especially since Lil Chickadee is bent on Fourth of July themes this week ... are we having a chalk-off on the 4th?

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 10:14pm
Tyger Tyger Burning Bright Eyes

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 10:16pm
The tiger eyes are there! RR posted theme ... here's the link for more: www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-webmaster/

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 10:16pm
And ... he beat me to it.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 10:19pm
the Urban Xchange has invited us all to come and fill up tollefson plaza on July 3rd 7:30-9:30 for the tall ship ceremony thing.

And I think there will be some die hard chalkers in frost park on the 4th.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2008 @ 10:21pm
there are many pictures in the comments... folks on slower connections might take awhile for them all to show up.

by morgan on 6/27/2008 @ 10:24pm
Once again I wish I could have been there! Those are some amazing drawings! Andrea really pushed herself this week; I love the hotdog, octopus, and Garfield Kid Card... but RR knows the way to my heart: streetcars, of course! (save me a bite - me likes curry too!)

by Frinklin on 6/27/2008 @ 10:25pm
Oh man, even harder than usual. Some especially talented newcomers in Red Hot Megan and the Glass Octopus, stunning entries from RR, Lance, Stowe and Dawn.... damn this is hard.

Actually, it isn't. As much as I loved all the pieces, Andrea's Tall Ship really stands out. The color and shading are mesmerizing. She gets my vote.

by tacomachickadee on 6/27/2008 @ 10:30pm
Here's another of Ariel's piece! (Lobbying for Lil Chickadee.)


by justagirl on 6/27/2008 @ 10:32pm

by WaywardScooterGirl on 6/27/2008 @ 10:33pm

Stowe's son Barrett gets my vote. He worked hard on his Rock Band piece, traveling back and forth from his location to dad's location in an effort to secure his materials (chalk). Actually, if you were paying attention, 4-1.2 year old Barrett stayed pretty on task with his work. He concepted it, fleshed it out and then posed for pictures with it afterward. He was quite proud.

by anubismp on 6/27/2008 @ 10:34pm
I vote for Stowes Creepy Garfield. The Kraken and the Crack dealers Tall ship are great runners up though. Great Art everyone.

by anubismp on 6/27/2008 @ 10:35pm
Sorry guess I've been watching Pirates too much lately

by scout on 6/27/2008 @ 10:56pm
Ok my vote goes to Andrea's "Crack Kills" ....


actually RR's trolley is my vote - spectacular color and motion - also I really like that it is compact and has very interesting perspective. Also RR, ultra cool action demo here of difficulty in taking photos of chalkies in action.

Stowe's homage to Jeremy and Andrea's ship were tied for second in my opinion. Andrea's ship showed a softer, elegant voice that I haven't seen in her chalk works before.

And well Stowe is just a stone-cold, Chalk Stalker Illustrating Stud!

The new chalkies' work was impressive - the Octopus was fierce but friendly...the Mad Hat Tea entry was simple and sweet; the Goddess, the Tiger Eyes, and the landscape piece all very cool with bright colors and energetic lines.

Izenmania's piece was a clever representation of his personal interests, and Jeremy's cruizin' cat rocked.

Lance, nice 4th of July theme and the escapee bird on the other side of 9th was so great - especially being in front of the creepy Ghetto Mart.

Dawn, the bird burst forth in beautiful color with the snake and Gnome. Mark's fish was fluid, lovely, and swirly; Adam paid excellent tribute to Tacoma's own chalk olympics; and Thorax's salute to the Murray Morgan Bridge was excellent with corresponding editorial comment.

Thank you everyone for bringing art and community alive in my neighborhood!

by Wings_of_Change on 6/27/2008 @ 11:24pm
Wow!! this week was amazing! And as much as I love my Tiger eyes, I think my vote has to go to Andrea. That ship rocks!!!! the colors, the detail, the tall ships pirateness of it all! it was just kick-ass.

also, The koi was too-cool. I love the color.

(p.s. Andrea, you should totally take some of your voters to lunch :) great idea, izenmania)

by bluegodjanus on 6/27/2008 @ 11:25pm
My vote goes to Andrea. That was quite a cool ship she made. Also, great hat.

by AngelaJossy on 6/27/2008 @ 11:55pm
I loved the fish, the Garfields, the streetcar, the octopus and many more. Andrea's tall ship is way to amazing to have been finished in an hour and if I hadn't been there myself I would have never believed it. But in the end, I really had no choice. The musician in me, the songwriter in me, the child of the 80s inside me sang out with a driving cadence and it sounded a little something like this:

Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the EYE OF THE TIGER

Free day at the zoo rocks, rocky style.

I vote for Ariel.

by jenyum on 6/28/2008 @ 12:01am
d'oh, gotta vote now!

Umm.....t-town squid!

by Erik on 6/28/2008 @ 1:21am
End of Episode XII

Perhaps the most split vote to date. And hardly any of the Frost Park Challengers voted for themselves.

The "zombie army" voting factor (where challengers friends vote in hordes) was the lowest today than in at least episodes.

There are at least a few possibilities

One, an overwhelming sense of "cumbya" of goodwill overcame the challengers and throught Frost Park and winning by employing Macavelian voting tactics just wasn't important; or

Two, the prizes were modest and did not encourage gamesmanship; or

Three, a combination of one and two,

by Erik on 6/28/2008 @ 1:43am
Results of Episode XII

Stowe's son.......1

Total votes cast 36

Congratulations Andrea!

This is the first time Andrea has acquired the lead in Frost Park Chalk Offs since she won in Episode I and then squandered her lead by failing to appear in Episode II. (She incorrectly predicted that Episode II would be cancelled because of the rain).

Anyone could have won today. The votes were spread out pretty evenly.

Yet, Andrea didn't vote for herself, didn't employ a single voting zombie and even Adam, who votes at a high rate for Andrea declined today to do so. Her votes seemed to slowly trickle in from unrelated yet well known Feed Tacoma sources.

Thus, it was a well deserved win. A well executed piece with a strong Tacoma theme of Tall Ships.

by Erik on 6/28/2008 @ 1:46am

No doubt the Hathaway trench coat will go well with the Hathaway fedora she already has...

and add to Lupin's clothing repertoire enhancing her well honed persona.


She also wins lunch for herself and three friends at India Mahal.

by AngelaJossy on 6/28/2008 @ 11:36am
But I thought the trench coat went to the second place winner. Wouldn't that be RR or Kate? What happens in the event of a tie? Do we have a tie breaker event?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/28/2008 @ 11:39am
I think what I like best about the chalking in Frost Park is how the artists are so supportive of each other. This is billed as a competition but is really is more of a community. There is much to be gained from this even if you are not a chalker.

Each week it is so hard to decide which work is the "best". I tend to look at the bigger picture, how all the work seems to work together as if some invisible hand were tying it all together. Excellent work, all of it.

It is hard to not be moved, amused or touched when seeing the work during the week that it remains on the ground. It may not yet be possible to "Take Back" Frost Park but now it speaks an new language.

by jamesstoweart on 6/28/2008 @ 11:49am
Yeah I thought it was...

First Place: Curry Goodness

Second Place: Trenchcoat Fashion

Third Place: Ammo

And R.R. getting the Trenchcoat is perfect... assuming that Team Anderson will take the cool chalk reserves instead.

by Erik on 6/28/2008 @ 11:55am
But I thought the trench coat went to the second place winner.

Not according to the inital prize post. But now looking at RR Anderson's art list serve email above the coat does look to be the second place prize. A potential conflict in the prize post listings I suppose.

Hmmm. However, since I posted RR's email in the main thread, that may have effectively deferred to RR's prize listing. Also, that was the latest prize scheme. I am sure it will work out.

What happens in the event of a tie? Do we have a tie breaker event?

Yep. There is a tie regardless between RR Anderson and Team Anderson for second place. There is going to have to be some sort of tie breaker.

Here's one I found on U tube where two chalk artists tied in a chakling competition.


The answer: Sudden Death Chalk Off

by kathy on 6/28/2008 @ 12:00pm
Team Anderson would LOVE the chalk!!! Is that OK with you RR?
Katie and her evil chalk minions need more ammo!
(Though we are all set on black...thanks Sto for the tip there!!)

In truth we were hoping for third place...

We would happily take third place to Andrea and RR's incredilble work.
You guys are amazing...as are all the chalk challengers. What an honor!
(Heck we were thrilled just to BE there!!!) Thanks for all of your kind words and support. It means a lot.

Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity. Katie came home, and despite a pretty good sunburn, proceeded to create a HUGE chalk drawing in the backyard. She has found her muse, and is already thinking about next week.

by droid116 on 6/28/2008 @ 12:13pm
Recap for CCXII via verse and Quillpill now online.

by ALT on 6/28/2008 @ 12:27pm
Honestly the voting results surprised me. But then, it was a close one. Thank you everyone for your votes!

Yep, the prizes are indeed allotted as follows:

First Place: Dinner for four
Second Place: Trenchcoat
Third Place: Chalk

In a non-chalk related transaction, Hathaway promised a lovely coat in addition to the hat he gave me as part of an art trade.

I was wondering what what we'd do in the event of a tie! After all, it was inevitable. This will be very interesting...

- and hooray for chalk-free slacks! I got the job!

by izenmania on 6/28/2008 @ 12:58pm
Well, it doesn't seem to have gotten counted (I may not have been clear and explicit enough in the change), but I did change my vote from me to RR.

by Dave L. on 6/28/2008 @ 1:14pm

And shoot, I hate to report that the pop-up lawn sprinklers did their thing overnight again and everything horizontal downhilll of Monlux's is all a blur. (I'm wondering about the clean-up day, and whether or not there should be an interim early cleanup for the ones immediately lost.) Vertically-speaking, James' Garfield-Kid has the runs, and The Red Hot hot dog has a head-wound (strangely, after TRH zombie-theme Thursday movies are over). Andrea's ship is mostly fine; Ariel's eyes still watch over. Best of all, Lance's arm of Liberty still holds its torch and Lil' Chickadee's "the best flag she could" in triumph doth wave o'er Frost Park.

by jamesstoweart on 6/28/2008 @ 4:33pm
I saw my Garfield Kid ran in the creepiest way possible. I think it is actually better now with the streaks in it... I might have to experiment with streaking in the future.

by Erik on 6/28/2008 @ 4:56pm
Based on the above posts, correspondence and vote analysis, here's what seems to pretty well be the consensus.

Revised Results:

First Place


Prize : India Muhal food x 4

Second Place

RR Anderson

Prize : Hathaway's Trench coat

Third Place

Team Anderson

Prize : Chalk Supplies

Congrats all.

RR appears to be near to be acquiring the coveted Hathaway trench coat.

I wonder how this will change the signature RR Anderson "look"


by Heather on 6/29/2008 @ 9:55am
Looks like I missed a really amazing noon hour. I was way busy with work. Hopefully the opening of the Farmers Market on 6th Ave will be truly amazing, as well, and worth the trade off. I'm hoping to view the chalk that remains today on my way to the Urban Arts Festival. The pieces all look fantastic in the pictures and I really want to see them in person. I saw Andrea's while driving by late last night and it looked beautifully ethereal in the streetl lamp light.

The octopus might be my favorite. It is fun and beautifully executed. I particularly love how the T-Town T ended up in the drawing in the same colors that I used when I attempted to replicate it for my only chalk effort a few weeks ago.

I have the beginnings of an idea for some creative chalking at the 6th Ave Market. Has anyone chalked on the street? Is it too rough of a surface? Anyone up to the challenge? Actually, I'll post a blog on this topic so that we can (hopefully) get a discussion going.

Hope to see all of you next Friday!

by Erik on 7/2/2008 @ 1:15pm
Here are the prize transfer photos:

First place :


Prize : India Muhal food x 4 certificate

Second Place

RR Anderson

Prize : Hathaway's Trench coat

Inspiration: Green Jacket Presentation from the Master Golf Tournament:


Third Place

Team Anderson

Prize : Chalk Supplies