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Apr. 4, 2008 at 9:02pm

Pythian Temple Vandalized

It's always a shame when this sort of thing happens but the Pythian Temple down on Broadway just off 9th was vandalized. Part of the exterior wall on the north side facing the parking lot now has some text scrawled in bright blue paint toward the top of the building that reads:


Don't know if there's any cryptic meaning to it or if the trespassers simply suck at spelling upside town and backwards. Any guesses?

Seems the vandals likely climbed a fire escape form the alley to gain access. Though usual methods of removal are likely out of the question one Knight mentioned in an email that "...perhaps painting it out neatly is the easiest option. Or make lemonade out of this lemon by having a new sign painted - 'Commencement Lodge #7' or something."

Lemon, indeed. Here's to positive thinking and to the heck of a painting party the local Knights could hold to right this wrong.

More "Pythian Temple" via FeedTacoma

comments [44]  |  posted under graffiti, pythian temple, tacoma, tagging, vandalism


by jenyum on 4/4/2008 @ 9:21pm
A little bit of random googling and fuzzy reasoning leads me to believe this is a world of warcraft reference. Something to do with someone's guild. Maybe?

If you google each part of it there are random World of Warcraft associations, but I have not attained a level of geekiness necessary to interpret it all.

Let's see, so far: Oni is a guild, KOF is "King of Fighters," TSA is a reference to some bizarre attempt by the TSA to find Terrorists playing World of Warcraft and RISEN is another guild.

What it all means? I have no idea, I've never even played the game. But I am hear for all of your obscure data mining needs, should they arise.

Couldn't they pick any one of the dozen or so derelict buildings downtown to do this to?

by morgan on 4/4/2008 @ 9:22pm
Kids with too much time and little to do...

by Erik on 4/4/2008 @ 9:40pm
Pythian Temple Vandalized

When I first read the topic of Feed Tacoma I was worried they had vandalized something inside.

The Pythian Temple is a great asset in Tacoma in many ways that needs protecting.

by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 10:21am
Ok. I made an account to just comment on this one item. LOL!

So, if you truly do research it and spend about 20min on Google and other resources you can see that in this case here TSA doesn't stand for anything related to security.
If you break the terms up you can clearly see that:
www.google.com/search?q=TSA RISEN

by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 10:38am
My comment got all messed up. Grr..
Ok. I made an account to just comment on this one item. LOL!

So, if you truly do research it and spend about 20min on Google and other resources you can see that in this case here TSA doesn't stand for anything related to security.
If you break the terms up you can clearly see that:
The Rukai give themselves the name “Tsa-risen”, meaning “dwellers of the mountain region”.

But, come on these aren't mountain dwellers.. This is Tacoma. OH HEY LOOK..
Risen TSA(Tacoma's Stealthy Assasians) Is Online, Mar 24 2008 1:01 AM ya man. we should paint soon.. then ill get to see it done in person.. hit me up ...

Also if you take the time to look at Cache'd versions of some of the myspace pages you can see that it also stands for
Tacoma Street Art.

And with the tag names of the individuals being Modem Oner, Cable, Nockone, Phi One, Nocker, Risen TSA(Tacoma';s Stealthy Assasians)
I'm guessing that Oni Kof and Risen both dropped this tag.

This has nothing to do with Terrorism or World of Warcraft.

revisualize's "demythdifier of stupidity with +20 logic enchant" crits your face with wall of logic for 9000 points of damage. You gain knockback and are dazed for 20 seconds.


by KevinFreitas on 4/5/2008 @ 3:19pm
Haha, thanks for that revisualize. If TSA does stand for Tacoma Street Art then maybe some graffiti art is in order not just some crappy blue tags high on a wall. Lame sauce. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for street art when the owners of the canvas are cool with it (see Embellish).

by jenyum on 4/5/2008 @ 3:56pm
Yeah I wouldn't call it art. I bow to your superior googling skills. :)

by Dave L. on 4/5/2008 @ 3:56pm
Thank you, Kevin, for reporting this anti-Tacoma un-cool waste of energy, and for your overall concern and love for all things Tacoma. I know the Knights truly appreciate the recent surge of support and interest generated by you and so many others. There is so much care and effort being put into preserving, repairing, restoring, and documenting this 1906 Frederick Heath / City and National Registry masterpiece, and this short-sighted scribbling is a blow the Knights (and Tacoma) surely didn't need. Preserving history often has its setbacks. I like your painting party idea!

by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 4:14pm
The problem is that someone trying to tag or graffiti is the manor in which they choose to do it. Too often those that choose to vandalize and deface property try to justify it by calling their cause for the good of ART or give it some cool name like Tacoma Street Art or something slightly lame like Tacoma';s Stealthy Assasians … Sorry, I have to do it because I copied it right from Google. But, Risen learn to spell Assassins for the love of yourself and my eyes learn to spell check.
The reality of the matter is that they choose to deface property and justify it with b.s.
There are several ways to go about your ART as you call it and not force others to hire cleaners or crews of people to clean up the mess and fix the things you have destroyed.
Hell, I won’t bash on the artists too much because they are very creative and very expressive.
And come on.. I love Banksy and things like juxtapoz, core77 and others. Woot!

But, there are better ways to go about it. 1 is to get a true canvas. 2 if you can’t get a canvas get a piece of plywood damn. You don’t need anything too fancy. 1/8th inch plywood sheet paint it white and GO. Be creative. *sings* Express yourself!
You may even strike it great and after a while have enough great artwork to make a name for yourself and your craft. I mean there are several artists that started out tagging and are selling sheets of plywood for over 5000.00 a pop. I’d say, hand me that chunk of change and I won’t do anything but thank you. Hell, a wall you can’t take with you. A canvas of sorts you can take with you anywhere you go.

Don’t like plywood? Don’t like the canvas? Change your medium. Photoshop rocks. Learn to use it. Love it. Become a web designer. There is a CAREER. In the Tacoma area alone I know there are several web developers like myself that need graphics designers for several project. But, I have the advantage. I only work for designers that get their own projects and I code for them because I love design and code but suck at the graphics stuff.
Enough of that..

I agree 100% that there is a better way of going about it and truly turn it into Tacoma Street Art and not try and cloud what is vandalism and property destruction with hype.

Or maybe go clean something… en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_graffiti - inhabitat.com/2007/01/11/reverse-graffit...

LOL! I mostly wrote the post because I don't like how people are so quick to bash on the things they don't understand like video games and flip it into something to do with Terrorism. I mean really know any terrorists that would climb a building with blue paint and say.. LOOK AT ME. I'm here to terrorize you! .. Wait.. That isn't too bad of an idea.


by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 4:22pm
Note: jenyum this was in no way an attack at you. It is too often done by too many in society. :)

Dave L. - thanks for taking the time to acknowledge and apologize for these acts. Even if it is on behalf of the those involved. :)

by jenyum on 4/5/2008 @ 5:10pm
Um. Wasn't accusing video game players of terrorism. I actually thought it was hilarious that the TSA was investigating World of Warcraft players.

I was just trying to solve the mystery of the badly painted words, didn't mean to start something.

Dave I think is with the Knights of Pythias, the victims not the perpetrators.

by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 5:23pm
Lol.. I was sitting down here at Corina Bakery with my friend and I commented to her about how I kind of felt like an ass and I hope that you didn't think I was attacking you. Lol.
Personally, I do find it interesting that there have been reports of laundering money via video games such as WoW. Through the sale of items suck as gold and character services.

Don't worry you didn't start something. Just when I see something to comment aout I tend to get passionate and verbose.


by revisualize on 4/5/2008 @ 7:42pm
Wow. I didn't even know about the Knights of Pythias.

by KevinFreitas on 4/6/2008 @ 5:54pm
No worries, revis. Everyone here has a pretty good sense of humor. Welcome nonetheless!

I have from a trusted source that KOF stands for "knock out family". I sure as hope the building owners can figure out a way to prevent access to the roof else this group might keep coming back for more.

by oldbrickhousefarm on 4/6/2008 @ 11:13pm
Another unfortunate illustration of how bad our crime & gang probs are in T-town.

Major losers!

by intacoma on 4/7/2008 @ 6:46am
did you forget the < sarcasm > tag oldbrickhousefarm ?

Honestly as Tacoma grows up and becomes a big boy like it wants to its going to see more stuff like this.

Pretty soon something like this really isn't going to catch your eye because there will be so much of it.

I look forward to the day that our telephone poles are wrapped with show posters and stickers, this is a true sign of life downtown.

by MsNarcissist on 4/7/2008 @ 8:58am
revisualize - I'm glad to see your lively posts! Don't apologize for stating your opinion in an assertive way. This blog needs a little controversy. I get tired of reading everyone's supportive, uplifting comments... it's so boring. Yeah, we all love Tacoma, but geez do we have to resolve everything with a damn hug?

by jenyum on 4/7/2008 @ 9:06am
Oh, c'mon over here and give me a hug. There. Don't you feel better now?

by KevinFreitas on 4/7/2008 @ 9:07am
Not at all, thanks for that MsN. I normally prefer to resolve things over a beer, tho.

by izenmania on 4/7/2008 @ 9:10am
Well, get enough beers in me and I will start hugging everyone. So it's a vicious circle.

by JasonH5 on 5/13/2009 @ 10:31am
Good try everyone! Little do you know that our city is a blank canvas that will continue to be painted by grafitti artists. Some you will like, some you won't. But it is Art....check out Style Wars for some history.

fyi....KOF does not stand for Knock Out Family.

by fredo on 5/13/2009 @ 12:44pm
Sooner or later some long suffering property owner is going to catch a graffiti 'artist' in the act and snap. The artist may not like the result, but paybacks are a bitch. Check out Chas. Bronson in Death Wish for some history.

by Altered Chords on 5/13/2009 @ 1:01pm
Fredo. Death Wish was a movie. Charles Bronson was acting. That was not real.

Lord of the Rings did not happen either. Sorry.

by intacoma on 5/13/2009 @ 1:40pm
defend proctor

by JesseHillFan on 5/13/2009 @ 3:34pm
Altered Chords Charles Bronson was indeed a very well known actor but he was also a trained aerial gunner during World War 2 in the United States Army Air Force (A branch of the U.S. Army back then and later became the United States Air Force in 1947) in the Pacific Theater of Operations (P.T.O.) with the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron and with the
39th Bombardment Group stationed on Guam Island on board the Boeing B-29 Superfortress which had combat missions over the Japanese Home Islands according to Wikipedia.He also was wounded and received the purple heart medal so it said.
I would say that Charles Bronson could act and indeed he didn't seem to have qualms or reservations about killing a real enemy either in real life.

by JesseHillFan on 5/13/2009 @ 3:57pm
Here is more information about Mr. Bronson.

by Altered Chords on 5/13/2009 @ 4:13pm
Is Charles Bronson tougher than Chuck Norris? I don't think so.

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2009 @ 4:14pm
JesseHillFan, you're a raging animal of obscure aviation facts. Shine on you crazy diamond.

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2009 @ 4:14pm
go local: Bruce Lee!

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 4:17pm
Going from memory here...Charles Bronson was married to actress Jill St. John.

by Altered Chords on 5/13/2009 @ 4:17pm
And Arnold Shwarzenegger could kill an alien predator in a south american jungle AND govern the 7th largest economy in the world (california)

Arnie could beat up Bronson and Bruce Lee at the same time but nobody's tougher than Chuck Norris.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 4:21pm
I'd like to see Chuck Norris and the corpse of Bruce Lee take on David Carradine and the corpse of Elvis Presley.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 6:27pm
Cassius Clay could beat down Swartzenegger, Norris, Popeye and Olive Oyl combined. And then rope-a-dope Bronson into his next B-movie.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 7:40pm
Seriously man, Granny from the "Beverly Hillbillies" could shut down Swartzenegger with a Kentucky Groin Grab faster than he could yell "Possum Pie!"

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 7:58pm
Bruce Lee dressed in his original Kato uniform including chaffeur hat, one-on-one full freestyle Jeet Kune Do against Jill St. John dressed as Catwoman.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/13/2009 @ 8:25pm
Six Pythian Knights tricked out in stainless steel body armor and a full kit of ninja stars plus Brazilian hardwood nunchaku's against four skinny teen-age graffiti dudes with two half-empty Krylon cans and a hardpack of Marlboro's.

by marumaruyopparai on 5/13/2009 @ 8:58pm
Mofo, you may be the best internet commenter who's ever lived.

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2009 @ 10:25pm
mofo FTW!

by Dmitri on 5/14/2009 @ 8:59am
Maybe someone already mentioned this and I missed it:

Jill Ireland, not Jill St. John.

by Altered Chords on 5/14/2009 @ 9:56am
Wasn't St. John the name of a character in a movie that Bronson acted in? Also appearing in the movie was the old guy that used to do the SMith Barney commercials "we make money the old fashioned way...we EARNNNN it"

by JasonH5 on 5/14/2009 @ 11:44am
Taking a look at the picture again, it's actually really dope. The typeography and color matches well against the backdrop of the building. it gives it a new character! What would be dope is letting some artists paint a mural like on the Embellish wall there and having it burn on the building for 30-40 years.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/14/2009 @ 12:38pm
Are we talkin' about that block lettering at the roof edge?

That was the same crew that burned "Bone Dry Shoe" down on Pac Ave.

by Preservationist on 5/14/2009 @ 5:10pm
What a shame to have this structure vandalized. The Knights have worked hard to restore and open this structure up for civic use. Those who have been inside will agree that this is an incredible hidden treasure. Those who haven't are welcome to come by at six on a Monday night and I will be glad to offer a tour.

All of us are history buffs. I walked into the building for the first time on a First Night to see a play about eight years ago. I spent the entire time looking at the beauty of the Castle Hall. I couldn't tell you what the play was about. I joined for the building. The same is true for our other members. We have become a fraternal order of preservationist.

How shameful that the Tacoma Police were not interested in prosecuting the vandal. How equally shameful that the city, while not punishing the vandal, threatened the Knights with large fines if the graffiti was not immediately removed. Removing the graffiti took resources away from our preservation budget.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/15/2009 @ 7:40am
I drove past 21st and Pacific yesterday and that blue building still has that g-crew "Bone Dry Shoe" on it.


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