Ocryx and Joe

Ocryx and Joe visit the Chalk-Off

What kind of prizes would attract crows? SHINY THINGS!
posted Jun 15, 2010
Ocryx and Joe - Ocryx and Joe visit the Chalk-Off (tacoma, CLAW, Frost Park, Chalk Art, Ocryx and Joe)
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This week at Frost Park- Shiny Things worthy of raiding from a mesoamerican grave site! 

- Ten Spanish Gold Doubloon replicas and a 3" Mayan 2012 Calendar END of the WORLD medal, all packed in a black canvas map case suitable for looting crystal skulls from temples of doom.


Prizes provided by Northwest Territorial Mint, an expanding company which is looking for new artists and designers to add to the creative team...

(Here are a couple of views of the prize complete with the map case!)



by NineInchNachos on 6/15/2010 @ 7:54am

by NineInchNachos on 6/15/2010 @ 8:51am
wow, cool photos!

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 8:53am
(Land-Rover not included)

by debivans on 6/15/2010 @ 10:47am
I was dive bombed by two crows on Sunday outside of the Jet building (across from the Swiss). It must've been Ocryx and Joe protecting their booty!

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 10:50am
Quite possibly....

by Erik on 6/15/2010 @ 12:47pm
OMG! Incredible prizes.

I was dive bombed by two crows on Sunday outside of the Jet building

Yes, the crows dominate on the trail above the Joy Building as well.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2010 @ 12:53pm

by NineInchNachos on 6/15/2010 @ 1:06pm
heh heh

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2010 @ 1:07pm

by NineInchNachos on 6/15/2010 @ 1:12pm
how does one get a job with this company again? Can I be in charge of novelty coins?

by morgan on 6/15/2010 @ 1:30pm
Wow! So cool! Aren't those the guys that were going to move downtown?

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 1:57pm
@Morgan: Yup. Them's the guys.

@Thorax: Yup!

@NIN: Heh. The novelty coins are MINE, I tell you. Grrrr.

However, anyone interested in doing contract design work for the mint, forward an electronic resume with portfolio link or attached JPGs of work to mikes@nwtmint.com. Suggestion- classical imagery is big plus, ability to hand draw said classical imagery is a big double plus plus. Think of the Tiffany medals from the late 1800's, and St. Gauden's Liberties, and you get the idea.

(Sculptors wanted, also.)

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2010 @ 2:08pm
So, why didn't they move downtown?

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 2:16pm
The mint moved all production to Dayton, Nevada starting last year.

Why? Just "chalk it up" as another local business that could no longer afford to manufacture in the state of Washington due to the costs of doing business here. We still have a separate office in Federal Way housing about a third of the design department- perhaps we can get that into downtown when the current lease is up... ...maybe the Bank of California building? That would be cool.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/15/2010 @ 2:18pm
I like that map case, looks like it would be perfect for an iPad. I wonder where one would purchase such an item.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 2:29pm
They will be offered on the mint's webstore in the near future as part of an upcoming geocaching campaign. (This particular case is a special sneak preview prize for a whoever wins this Friday's Tacoma Chalk Scene chalk-off).

It will be available in both Black canvas and Army ACU (digital camo) pattern nylon.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 6/15/2010 @ 2:40pm
Oh, for sure in the Army ACU. That is some great camo.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2010 @ 3:18pm
The BOC building would be a great choice!

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 4:28pm
The boss always wanted to be downtown, and had his eyes on that building years ago when the company was much smaller. Then two years ago, the Post Office was going to be the next choice (but it was still going to be pretty tight quarters, and there would have been some serious asbestos abatement required in the build-out). But by then there was no real support by the city or the state for the museum plan, and combined with the fact that the business climate hadn't improved any, the entire production moved to Nevada.

Hmm- our Washington presence is small enough for the BOC building again- I wonder?

by NineInchNachos on 6/15/2010 @ 4:35pm
make them an offer... @ half the asking price!




that big safe might come in handy for the pirate gold

by The Jinxmedic on 6/15/2010 @ 4:41pm

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2010 @ 6:44pm
that vault would make a great place to show off the mint's wares

by NineInchNachos on 6/16/2010 @ 8:46pm
list serve notice sent!

by Dave_L on 6/17/2010 @ 3:07pm
I like saying doubloons. And I hope we can have the Mint make that Pythian plunder.
Crows diving and dropping stuff on people by my house, and diving crows are attacking across from Villa Cafee.
Speaking of art, I know some of CLAW is aware of this art exhibition tonight Jennevieve Schlemmer "Raven meets Crow." I think website is ravenmeetscrow.etsy.com

by The Jinxmedic on 6/17/2010 @ 3:42pm
The prizes are ready to go - we will see all you chalkies tomorrow!

@ Dave L: That's a great name for an exhibition, by the way...
...Just remember, we will need a minimum six week lead time if we want to have something together in time for New Year's.

by Dave_L on 6/17/2010 @ 4:23pm
Ack! The C.C. forgot to bring it up Monday under new/old business! :-(

by The Jinxmedic on 6/18/2010 @ 7:56am
So- is there chalk available to newbies? I have not yet been to one of these things ...

by NineInchNachos on 6/18/2010 @ 8:12am
yes the community chalk-chest chalkpile! newly stocked!!

by The Jinxmedic on 6/18/2010 @ 8:22am

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/18/2010 @ 11:05am

You know, should there be a tie, we really need some manner of tie-breaker policy in place. Especially for a wicked prize like this.

How about a 1 hour OT chalk competition between the tied parties on the following Saturday, 12 noon at Tollefson?