WHAT IF: Welcome Figure Blessing Happened in Seattle?

While Seattle Kills Native American Woodcarvers, Tacoma Honors Them.
posted Sep 28, 2010
tacoma, tacomic, welcome figure, tribe, shawn peterson, seattle cops, SPD, public outreach, tradgedy
Sizes:   web  |  email  |  print

<< >>
People are asking, What is with all the cops killing people lately? One killing stands out up in Seattle where an officer pumps four rounds of hot lead into Mr. John T. Williams, a homeless native american woodcarver crossing a street. Mr. Williams crime?  Being deaf while holding a 3 inch woodcarving knife and a block of wood.   Meanwhile, down here in the enlightened CITY OF DESTINY we're going out of our way to honor the proud woodcarving traditions of the native american culture (I mean, the welcome figure technically is not INSIDE Tollefson triangle square, so it placement of the welcome figure still qualifies as an honor). 

Tribal Welcome Figure Revealed!

Tribal Blessing for Welcome Statue

With apologies to Shaun Peterson (Qwalsius)

by Erik on 9/28/2010 @ 12:12am
I like your anti Seattle theme. It might be what it takes for Tacoma to gain some self esteem.

It also allows you to be controversial, politically incorrect, anti establishment and a Tacoma booster all at the same time.

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 12:16am
makes for a provocative 'what if'

by marumaruyopparai on 9/28/2010 @ 1:08am
Don't know whether to laugh or cry, I think that means you did an especially good job this week.

by marumaruyopparai on 9/28/2010 @ 1:10am
The Stormtrooper Clan!?

by fredo on 9/28/2010 @ 7:19am
Powerful message in your new drawing RXR!

I concur.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/28/2010 @ 7:44am
Well done.

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 8:04am
thanks comrades!

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 12:13pm

by smeall on 9/28/2010 @ 1:01pm
this is an important message, RR, and i endorse it.

i do not endorse labeling this epic comic as anti-seattle. there is no need in this climate for continued aggression towards each other. we had the SAME THING happen right on 6th ave in the same time period. we're no better in this regard (even if we were this is not where i want to get my "tacoma self esteem"), so let's leave the juvenile comments about our friends to the north out of this comment stream, please.

by cisserosmiley on 9/28/2010 @ 1:24pm
Well, lets have one more juvenile comment: Seattle Sucks, now...can we (TACOMA) get on the the acknowledgement that we are less urban than many folk want to make us out to be. Mostly, the diversity and crime rate has been used as urban qualifiers. Let us now have reason: Tacoma does not have the density of population, population exchange with other large centers (Portland, Van BC), or population? to be an URBANISTIC EPICENTER. We have a hybrid urban/subdensity model. Something like people live close to the city and some work there and a few more have moved into downtown recently, but at no point does the operations of downtown support all the residential areas within commute distance...if we pinpoint where the rest are commuting to all day then back from at night we can pinpoint the "urban" area our population supports. I believe that place to be Seattle, not Tacoma. We are in fact a classic "bedroom" community of Seattle NOT an urban center ourselves.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2010 @ 1:43pm
I still think the statue is underwhelming and ugly, regardless of how many native americans were killed to make it.

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 2:05pm
Trust me when I say this my dear TO'T , your admiral akbar statue is not winning any beauty contests.

by fredo on 9/28/2010 @ 2:21pm
"adze done askin' nice"

that's too funny. RR you should be a writer.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/28/2010 @ 2:27pm
No, he shouldn't.

(adze jes foolin' wit ya...)

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2010 @ 2:54pm
I'm still working out the kinks in the design, but once I get funding, the 1000 meter tall Colossus of O'Tool will be donated to the city. At 1000m tall, I'm thinking the legs could easily straddle the Foss as a perfect welcoming to the port...

If Chares of Lindos could go 30m in 304 BC, Thorax of Tacoma can go 1000m in 2011.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/28/2010 @ 2:59pm
I would be quite happy with the 50m Ackbar sentinels at the Murray Morgan.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2010 @ 3:03pm
Go big or go home.... Make no little plans...

Why build a 50M sentinel when you can build a 500m sentinel?

Tacoma's tallest building is 103m. We can beat that...

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2010 @ 3:11pm
I still think the welcome statue is too tame. I want to see bold, big and metal. I rather like the Angel of the North in Gateshead. While this wouldn't be a fit in Tacoma, you can see a better idea of what I'm thinking...

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 3:59pm
Thorax, I think maybe you are confusing quantity with quality?

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2010 @ 4:15pm
No sir.
I like metal. I like the Angel of the North much more than the welcome woman. Just my taste, I guess. I also really like the "classical" Greek statuary, the ones in bronze.
Native American art doesn't thrill me...

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 4:30pm
Thanks to Facebook technology I was able to share this cartoon with Master First-Nations wood carver Shawn Peterson!

Shaun Peterson: Thanks RR. I try to avoid controversy myself but I can see what you are saying here. There is something to be learned in everything. I never expected to please everyone and as an artist that is hard. The hard part in this projects high profile was the hurtful racial things that came out at it. I'm glad for the most part the work is supported. I'd also like acknowledge the Williams family in their loss as that is still a confusing and painful incident for many. I'll surely leave the illustrating to the pros :) and keep doing my part.

by Erik on 9/28/2010 @ 4:40pm
Nice. Perhaps Shaun will get invited to the open swim at C.L.A.W.

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2010 @ 8:37pm
more facebook feedback:

William Lloyd commented on your link.

William wrote:
"I find this cartoon to be highly offensive it exploits and gives others a chance to make light of a barbaric situation and creates a breeding ground for negativity which allows them to spew their distain for people in their own community."

by marumaruyopparai on 9/29/2010 @ 12:33am

by marumaruyopparai on 9/29/2010 @ 12:35am
I think William is a jackhole. That's my artistic opinion.

by Erik on 9/29/2010 @ 1:19pm
I think you need to release another apology video RR. This time, you can apologize for Tacomics you will draw in the future.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2010 @ 1:35pm
That would show your distain, for sure.

by NineInchNachos on 10/14/2010 @ 1:26pm
"SEATTLE -- The Seattle police officer who shot and killed a homeless woodcarver in Downtown Seattle has been told to surrender his badge and gun, a source close to the investigation told KOMO News."

by fredo on 10/14/2010 @ 2:00pm
Yes, I think the shooting was an overreaction. Although people rarely whittle anymore, when I was a boy most men carried a pocket knife for slicing fruit or carving things. To fire a bullet at someone who was carving a board was so wrong. This poor man lost his life for no reason.

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 8:46am
I mean... what's with Seattle lately?

by The Jinxmedic on 1/25/2011 @ 9:53am
It's Seattle. That's why we don't live there.

by NineInchNachos on 2/16/2011 @ 10:58am
Deputy Chief Kimerer: "...Officer Birk must remain stripped of all Seattle Police powers and authority" per Firearm Review Board findings.

by NineInchNachos on 2/16/2011 @ 11:43am
Prosecutor: No 'evil intent' in officer's shooting of woodcarver

by NineInchNachos on 2/28/2011 @ 11:50am
Civility? This is what anarchist infiltrators look like ...

by NineInchNachos on 3/31/2011 @ 12:58pm
DOJ on the case!

by NineInchNachos on 4/29/2011 @ 4:57pm

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family of John T. Williams, who was fatally shot by a police officer.

Read more:

by NineInchNachos on 4/29/2011 @ 4:58pm
man the new tribune sucks! all these old links are broken!

by NineInchNachos on 9/16/2011 @ 3:06pm
not sure to file this under 'not opening can of worms'  or 'sweep under the rug'

by NineInchNachos on 11/21/2011 @ 9:42am

by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2012 @ 2:43pm

Just say NO seattle PD

by NineInchNachos on 2/27/2012 @ 8:16am

by NineInchNachos on 2/27/2012 @ 8:27am
Seattle totem story this morning on KPLU

by Non Sequitur on 2/27/2012 @ 4:15pm
Ok, wow.
A totem pole for a man killed in cold blood by an SPD cop.

It's meaningless unless the killer is strung up on top of the pole.

by NineInchNachos on 2/27/2012 @ 4:26pm
in the old days they'd throw a slave in the hole before putting the totem pole in it.

by low bar on 2/27/2012 @ 10:28pm
Well, at least Seattle has an Asian art museam, and not just a measly old recon park. While you're at it with the totem worshiping, hows about throwing all the fucking cars out of the lemay place and fill them with tribal canoes. And since Tacoma doesn't know shit to do with freight house, give it to some Asian developers and let there be an international district like Seattle has Tacoma beat on. Just don't talk Tacoma. Thank you:)

by NineInchNachos on 2/27/2012 @ 10:56pm
Massive Asian cultural center is in the works! 

by low bar on 2/28/2012 @ 9:53pm
I'm sure it'll make a difference

by NineInchNachos on 4/29/2013 @ 2:30pm
meanwhile in Seattle