RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Feb. 3, 2009 at 6:01pm

Tacoma Cartoonist Will Do What He Can For the Kids.

Notice to students and young people of Tacoma

school of athens

taking some recent advice from a very smart and famous person NO. 10

"Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them."

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from the HFW mail bag:

Hi RR,

I'm a senior at UPS, and I'm working on a thesis for my comparative sociology major. My project is focusing mainly on artists who are inspired by the city of Tacoma and art that promotes the community and displays a love of Tacoma. I'm trying to get into the question of "why Tacoma?" to figure out what it is about this city that inspires such creativity, why it is often used as a subject of art, and what characteristics of the city draw artists to it.

Joe Izenman suggested I talk to you, and he cited the Frost Park Chalk-Off as one of your brainchildren. The Chalk-Off and your Tacomic seem to be exactly what I'm seeking in my project. Would you be interested in talking to me sometime about your art and your involvement in this city?

[Anonymous UPS Student]

DEAR FRIEND __________, 

Howdy!  Sorry it took so long to get back to you.  I've been a fugitive from the law for the past couple weeks.  It's ok now though. With this false nose and Rasputin beard nobody recognizes me (not even my wife).   I think I will accept your questions and give you genuine answers.  I like to help students the most.  Most people in Tacoma who ask me things these days are blood suckers...all of em!--wanna steal my gold.   The joke will be on them though since it is really only fool's gold.  

Thank you very much.  I am excited to work with you.

god bless,

comments [8]  |  posted under cartoonist, community, future, tacoma


by izenmania on 2/3/2009 @ 6:40pm
This is me, wielding vague influence over people and things.


A new addition to your resume!

- RR Anderson -
* Political Cartoonist
* Web Guru
* Society Founder
* Comparative Sociology Topic

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/3/2009 @ 7:52pm
RR has always served our youth, no question. Need I mention the HFW's Girl's Art Academy where they will "from your creative but promiscuous 19-23 yr old daughters into serious art students".

by NineInchNachos on 2/3/2009 @ 11:47pm
Yeah should be fun. Pretending to be important is something I'm good at.

meanwhile rest of the life tips from above link for young people:

1 Scepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be sceptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic.

2 Go to parties. You can’t even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.

3 It’s not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.

4 Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act — if you can’t control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word.

5 Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.

6 Learn to fail with pride — and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error — by mastering the error part.

7 Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible’, ‘never’, ‘too difficult’ too often, drop him or her from your social network. Never take ‘no’ for an answer (conversely, take most ‘yeses’ as ‘most probably’).

8 Don’t read newspapers for the news (just for the gossip and, of course, profiles of authors). The best filter to know if the news matters is if you hear it in cafes, restaurants... or (again) parties.

9 Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.

by NineInchNachos on 2/3/2009 @ 11:52pm
added to this advice from a successful cartoonist... makes for a good read.


by NineInchNachos on 2/4/2009 @ 12:16am

by marumaruyopparai on 2/4/2009 @ 12:18am
I don't trust anyone who keeps or provides an itemized list for success or who puts that much effort or thought into a diet and exercise plan. Three salads for lunch and no carbohydrates? Weirdo.

Nasa must be desperate.

by NineInchNachos on 2/4/2009 @ 12:29am
true. But I am amused by itemized advice. so continuing with this theme.... mark briggs weighs in:


by morgan on 2/4/2009 @ 12:37am
I don't trust anyone that's dead.


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