RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Nov. 11, 2007 at 8:33pm


interesting email thread with tacoma arts advocate

booster head

Hi Jed,
I do it because it is fun yes.  If it helps rope in a few folks to take an interest in art at work month then that is a happy thing. Yet I do these things not because i'm trying to attack anybody in particular...  I am interested in exploring my relationship with the real world using any tool at my disposal.  The listserv is a wonderful tool and blurring the boundary between art and advertising/promotion about art is something I find very interesting.
I like Amy. I like Naomi. Sharon is a friend of mine.  I admire all the artists I've listed in the 'who is least insane' question--a couple of them are my personal friends.  However,  I question the role an artist like myself plays with scary named things like 'Community Economic Development Department'  Why?  I don't know!

Even so, I'll tell you a secret.  Most of the people I appear to make fun of I like and have some type of relationship with. I use the illusion of bitterness and juvenile attitude as camouflage for my real motivation:  bringing people together.
Art doesn't have to be trapped in a frame...hanging on a hook.  What constitutes art?  Why does art have to 'never cause trouble'  ?   As an artist, The fact that you were compelled to send me a note and the thought of you reading this email is extremely interesting for me as I probe these concepts.  Anyhow, what do you do for fun? What kinds of things are you interested in seeing?

Your humble servant,

Jed  wrote:

Could be my own failing but I don't see the corollary between your
mock survey and drawing skills but I'm glad you think them
"effective". It's your bitterness and juvenile attitude toward the
arts commission (and other Tacoma arts advocates) that render you ass-holish.

Most of the listserv attacks you've made are in good fun and in the spirit of subversiveness. Shake up the establishment. Thumb your nose at government-appointed commissioners. Whatever. Still, many of those folks -- including Amy McB -- are pretty great people and have decided to get involved in order to change the status quo. You become an asshole when you attempt to derail their attempts at real change and offer nothing in return except mockery.

But, hey, keep on trucking. It's good to get the conversation flowing and, hey, kudos for finding a way to get folks talking about you. Hopefully they'll realize you are also a good cartoonist.


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Indeed Sir,

however asshole or not, i'm still an effective cartoonist.

Thanks for the email friend!

Feed Tacomic, Tacoma's only Political Cartoon by RR Anderson

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comment: Spoof or not, you're an asshole.
contact_name: Jed
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comments [14]  |  posted under art, community, tacoma


by Chase on 11/11/2007 @ 9:55pm
I'm glad to have read your post, RR. Your intentions are much deeper than just a laugh. And yet the laugh makes them so much more effective.

by NineInchNachos on 11/11/2007 @ 10:38pm
thanks Chase. I'm working on compiling ALL survey responses into a report with pie charts, stats and percentage signs.

I believe the metrics I've collected will be an important step forward for creative peoples inside&out of Tacoma

by Erik on 11/11/2007 @ 10:44pm
I use the illusion of bitterness and juvenile attitude as camouflage for my real motivation: bringing people together. Art doesn't have to be trapped in a frame...hanging on a hook.

Art for art sake. That is enough I suppose to bask in.

Yet, when Tacomans were deludged by a full scale media assault by billboards, RR led the defense:


Here was my plea to RR on 7/31/2007


If there was ever a time Tacoma needed an underground cartoonist it is now.

Your anti propaganda skills are needed more now than ever.

Tacoma citizenry are being visually bludgened from all sectors of the city through the many many billboards they have.
(see the second post)

Yet a new potential threat appears on the horizon and its not located at Tollefson Plaza:

by Erik on 11/11/2007 @ 10:53pm
Do you know what is being constructed here? Do any of the downtown merchants and boosters know what is coming their way?

I believe our visitors dressed in black in Tacoma gathering in Tollefson Plaza may have been marching in the wrong area.

Rev 6:5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"

Rev 6:7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

by NineInchNachos on 11/12/2007 @ 1:59pm
Hey Erik,
Lets not forget either how THE TACOMA MALL has been destroying Wapato Lake!

by Erik on 11/12/2007 @ 3:42pm
Let's look just a bit back in history before Tacoma was flat on its back being kicked in the head on a regular basis. Who...where and what.

The begining of the end with one snip.

Building dedication. With a snip of the giant silvered scissors, Tacoma Mayor-elect Gordon Johnston officially dedicated the Tacoma Mall Office Building on December 12, 1969. The 2.7 million dollar structure was designed by Olympia architects Bennett

by Erik on 11/12/2007 @ 3:47pm
All the dignitaries celebrating the soon to be devasted downtown. Unrestrained glee.

Snip! Governor Albert Rosellini and Angela Nicholson, Miss Tacoma, cut the bright yellow ribbon for the new Tacoma Mall Bon Marche store on August 3, 1964. The Bon Marche was the first store to open in the new mall; the mall didn't have its official opening until October, 1965. The new Bon Marche was a massive four-story building with 256,000 square feet. The closing of the store's longtime downtown location was deemed necessary because of the antiquated conditions of the building and the lack of suitable parking. The downtown store, formerly the Fisher's Department Store, closed at 5:30 p.m. on July 25, 1964. Dignitaries present at the ribbon cutting included Dr. Arnold Herrmann, deputy mayor, David Rowlands, city manager, county commissioners Harry Sprinker, Fritz Geiger and Pat Gallagher, and city councilmen Maurice Finnigan and Hal Murtland, and Darrel E. Vannice, managing director of the Bon.

by Erik on 11/12/2007 @ 3:51pm
Here's what they left us which we are left with no choice but to dig ourselves out of.


Yet, despite the blight and our surroundings...Tacomans look up.

by NineInchNachos on 11/12/2007 @ 8:26pm
indeed. after the fall of the Amerikan Empir3 it will be up to the myspace generation to fit the pieces back together again.

by Erik on 11/13/2007 @ 7:13pm
One interim step in downtown Tacoma's demise is notable.

After the mall was built and began creating competition for downtown, city leaders
concluded that the problem was "insufficient parking."

They then proceeded to raze several blocks of historical buildings on Pacific Avenue
destroying the streetscape and replacing the buildings with blightful parking garages
and sending downtown Tacoma into a tail spin it has never recoved from.

by Erik on 11/13/2007 @ 7:27pm
In December of 1969 construction had just begun on the Park Plaza South Parking Garage between South 12th & South 13th and Pacific Avenue & Commerce. Two garages were to be built as part of the downtown urban renewal project. The other site chosen was north of the Rust Building between 9th & 11th and Pacific & Commerce. Altogether there would be 794 parking stalls added to Tacoma's downtown. The project would cost 3.3 million dollars. With the buildings on Pacific removed for construction, the buildings on the south end of the 1100 block of Commerce are clearly visible. The six story building at the upper left corner is the Luzon Building, 1302-04 Pacific Ave.

by Erik on 11/13/2007 @ 7:29pm
While trying to satisfy a perceived need for parking Tacoma ended up destroying the streetscape itself making it an area no one would want to park at.

As an example, Pike Place Market is difficult to get to and has a high demand for parking. Yet 10s of thousands visit daily. On the other hand, Tacoma Avenue has ample parking yet it is avoided.

by Erik on 11/16/2007 @ 10:06pm
Looks like the protestors are reading this blog.

by Erik on 11/21/2007 @ 1:06am
Let me finish the story line with RR latest Tacomic.


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