It’s Not Over – We Love You Tacoma!

It’s time for this Naughty Monkey to sign off for the season and get some rest. (and believe it or not, to start planning for next year)

MonkeyShines 2018 is not over, far from it.

We learned many years ago not to put all our shines into one basket (or a single day) we spread the love out over the course of several days and sometimes weeks.

This naughty monkey often leaves shines out months after the “big event”. I also know that Ms Monkey loves to toss shines into the water, you never know when those will wash up… (sometimes years later)

You see, this is not a “competition” or a “treasure hunt”, no matter how much some people treat it as such. MonkeyShines was created by Ms and Mr Monkey and friends to be a gift of serendipity to the community, to show love to Tacoma and to bring cheer during dark times in a dark season.

One of our greatest joys is when someone finds a Monkeyshine when they aren’t expecting it; this why so many are hidden off the beaten path in obscure places and on other days than “the big drop”. Our goal is to to bring joy and love to the community.

Even greater than that, is when we see all of our monkey friends giving back themselves, creating art or finding fun things to hide for others to find, often days and weeks before and after Chinese New Year.

We see you Tacoma.

Over the years, and especially this 12-year cycle, we’ve watched the movement grow as more and more community members become rogue monkeys and monkey friends themselves.

As we are in the bushes, back alleys and shadows of the streets of Tacoma we are watching. We are watching your excitement, your joy, you and your neighbors meeting and making new friends. We see the smiles on your faces, the sense of camaraderie and community. We see you share, we see adults who desperately want a monkeyshine instead allow a young child to “find” it. We see you picking up trash, sharing the joy and reminding others to take only one.

With this final post for this year, we wish you, Gong hei fat choy”  and a happy Year of the Dog.

Our wish is that the spirit of Monkeyshines continue throughout the year; be kind, give back, love your community, make new friends.

And don’t forget to keep your eye out for treats still to be hidden this year and hidden in years past still waiting to be found.

We love you Tacoma.

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MonkeyShine Time in Rhyme… (I’m a poet and you didn’t even know it)

Every year I hear the whine…

Where can I find a monkeyshine?

They may not be where you think they should…

alleys, side streets, right in your hood…

Look high, Look low…

Look everywhere you go…

on land, in water, up in a tree…

they are meant to be a moment of serendipity…

If you don’t find one now, don’t shed any tears…

They often remain for many years…

While looking right now is great and fine…

They don’t go out all at one time…

While out and about, see what you can do…

pick up some trash and make a friend or two…

Ask yourself what can you create and share…

to show your community how much you care?

Remember this well, Don’t be a bum…

Be kind to your neighbors and take only one…

Tails (and tongues) are wagging…

OMM! (That’s Oh My Monkey)

That darn Ms Monkey has been a slave driver this year,

I haven’t been able to get away from the bench long enough to post any sneaky updates.  But if Ms Monkey thinks that chaining me up in the hot shop will keep me from Ms Behaving (see what I did there?) She’s got another thing coming.  (and that other thing was a big Mimosa-that distraction always works 😉

Because she’s been such a slave driver, we have more glass than ever this year!!!  And of course other rogue monkey treasures)

Here’s a teaser of what you may (or may not) see in the next week or so…

Remember the golden rule of Monkeyshines

TAKE ONLY ONE!

Please do not stalk, follow or harass monkeys.  This will cause the monkeys to stop hiding and go into hiding themselves, ruining the fun for everyone. (when threatened, monkeys fling poop, you don’t want that)

TAKE ONLY ONE!

Think of what you can do to contribute, give back to the community.

Make/hide something
Make a new friend
Pick up some trash

TAKE ONLY ONE!

Post your finds on Exit133.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #monkeyshines2018

TAKE ONLY ONE!

Monkeyshines is not a treasure hunt, it is meant to be a gift to the community, in which these lovingly handcrafted gifts are hidden to be found in a moment of serendipity.

and don’t forget…

TAKE ONLY ONE!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Up Monkey Butts?

新年好 / 新年好

Rise and Shine Tacoma!!!

It’s “Monkey Time”

Team Monkey has deployed throughout the city and surrounding areas with all sorts of wonderful gifts to celebrate the Year of the Rooster…

Remember…

TAKE ONLY ONE!!!

Monkeyshines are created to be a gift from local artists to be found in an act of serendipity; not a treasure hunt.

Please…

Do NOT follow, stalk or harass the monkeys. Monkeys fling poop.

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THIS is what happens if you get too close to a monkey

If we are followed, we will go into hiding, leaving nothing behind.

In addition to glass floats and medallions, there is pottery, messages in bottles and other fun items, not to mention #tacomarocks, and other gifts from our Rogue Monkey friends.

If you don’t find anything today, take heart. We monkeys are sneaky and will be hiding items for the next several days so that everyone, not just the hard core hunters, has a chance.

We will also be hiding in places you don’t expect, neighborhoods outside of the downtown core, back allies, pocket parks, small out of the way spots where the hard core hunters don’t go…

Enjoy your Chinese New Year monkey friends and remember…

TAKE ONLY ONE!!!

Don’t forget to post your finds to social media using the hashtag #monkeyshines2017

Much Love ❤

Team Monkey

Gagged! I was GAGGED!!!

Oh come on!

It’s not like I was tweeting about facts or science or something…

I’ve been under gag order since New Year’s when Ms Monkey discovered my little indiscretion with the rooster medallions at First Night.

It’s never good when a message starts out with “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?!”

Don’t worry folks. the Naughty Monkey has your backs (and a few tricks up here sleeve)

Oh. and there may or may not be a Rogue Facebook Page…  https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyshinesTacoma/

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A new riddle and hint for our monkey friends

The monkey and the rooster were having an argument. The rooster made a bet saying he knows a place where he can sit but the monkey cannot. The monkey agreed to the bet. The rooster won. What place could the rooster sit but the monkey could not?

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Answer:

The monkey’s head.

How is this a hint you might ask?

many people spend their entire monkeyshines time looking at the ground, behind rocks, under bushes and other such low level places.

Look up!  Look on walls, fences, up in trees.

Heck, “looking up” is a good metaphor for life.

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Happy hunting monkey friends.

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Riddle Me This…

This was too long to put in Twitter…

Things are going to be more fun (and obscure) this year as the Naughty Monkey (who loves referring to herself in the third person, err… monkey) will be giving you your naughty hints in the form of riddles.

Here’s an easy one to start out with…

You are in a room together with 3 primates: a monkey, a chimp, and an ape. The monkey only knows how to write, the chimp only knows how to talk, and the ape only knows how to solve math problems. Which primate in the room is the smartest?

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Answer….

You are silly, because you can help support Monkeyshines!

Become a part of Tacoma’s history by donating to the Monkeyshine Project, and get a cool cup!

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Monkeyshines began in 2003 when a group of anonymous artists in Tacoma banded together to produce glass balls and medallions emblazoned with the Year of the Rooster logo. On Chinese New Year 2004, 200 pieces of artwork were hidden throughout the city to encourage our community members get out and explore our beautiful city. The artists have been creating glass gifts for 13 years, and this year, the Year of the Rooster, marks the second year of the 12 year Chinese New Year calendar. Let’s keep Monkeyshines going! With your help, we’d like to FILL the city with glass gifts, and be able hire local artists to produce over 1000 pieces of glass. For every donation of $100.00 or more, Monkeyshines will thank you with an exclusive 2017 Year of the Rooster candle cup. The cups are available now for pick-up at Creative Forces in the Murano Hotel. Any amount helps us create more gifts, you can DONATE using the links below.

PURCHASE CUP HERE

DONATE HERE