I don’t know about you…

I think this was the best Monkeyshines yet, and it’s just the beginning of a new cycle.

The Naughty Monkey put out the last monkeyshines she had hidden away last night and it appears that monkey friends have been busy as well, so don’t give up hope, they are out there.

What made this year so special was the way that so many others found ways to give back.

We had an unprecedented number of monkey friends and different gifts left out for the community.

In addition to Exit 133, the #monkeyshines2016 hashtag is a great way to see what has been hidden, found and the joy Tacomans have been sharing with each other.

You can see many photos on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/monkeyshines2016/

And also on Twitter (don’t forget to click “live” not “top” for the latest https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23monkeyshines2016

THIS my friends is the spirit of Monkeyshines.

Community, happiness, serendipity, giving back.

It’s time for the Naughty Monkey to get back to other monkey businesses for the season.

We’ll be back next year.

And we hope you will too.

We love you Tacoma!

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Happy Year of the Monkey

As the sun rises over Tacoma, Ms Monkey and I are at “Monkey Central” sipping mimosas to celebrate another successful Monkey Shines. (and I have to suck up for all of the secrets I spilled this year)

What we appreciate the most, is all of the “Monkey Friends” who made their own art to share, those who enjoyed the spirit of the event and encouraged the picking up of trash and contributing to our community and all the monkey love.

If you didn’t find anything today, don’t give up, monkeys operate on their own time frame and things could magically appear over the next few days.

Don’t forget to visit Exit 133 to log your finds  http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/monkeyshines-2016-the-year-of-the-monkey

And please post your finds to social media using the hashtag #monkeyshines2016

We love you Tacoma

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We’re not saying it has, but we’re not saying it hasn’t

The Monkeys, including yours truly are too busy to blog right now.

In addition to using the #monkeyshines2016 hashtag on social media, it’s time to head over to Exit 133 to share information and post your finds.

http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/monkeyshines-2016-the-year-of-the-monkey#.Vrbu5bIrKUk

Happy Hunting monkey friends…

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You can always help fund Monkeyshines and ensure that we are able to continue it for the full 12 year cycle.

You can donate any amount of money to the project. Every dollar makes art: DONATE HERE.

You can purchase a limited edition Monkey candle cup. The price is $100 and the money is intended to, again, make more art for this year’s Monkeyshines. Pick up is either at Sonja’s in Proctor, or Creative Forces in the Murano Hotel. They will both have inventory available for sale as well. You can BUY THE CUPS ONLINE and pick it up from one of these two shops or you can purchase it at the shop. The fine folks at the shops are just helping Ms. Monkey and not technically selling these, so please pay in cash or check if you’re planning to do it in person.

Happy Seeking Monkey Lovers…

~NM

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Happy Hunters! #monkeyshines2016

We cold, tired wet monkeys here at Monkey Central are enjoying seeing photos marked with the #monkeyshines2016 hashtag of what folks are finding on their searches and how/where they are searching and hiding….

Here are a few of our favorites:

 More surprises await over the course of many days…
Keep searching, keep hiding and please keep sharing the joy of #monkeyshines2016

We Love you Tacoma!

~All of the Monkeys and Monkey friends…

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Oh Where Oh Where have my MonkeyShines gone?

Greetings Intrepid seekers of monkeyshines.

As promised, I’ll be answering your questions about where to look for treasures.

The number one rule of MonkeyShines is that all of the goodies must be hidden in public places.

That means:

If it is on private property not open to the public…  It is NOT a MonkeyShine

If it’s in someone’s front yard or on their porch… It is NOT a MonkeyShine

If it requires climbing a fence or breaking and entering…  It is NOT a MonkeyShine

If it is *illegal or **unreasonably dangerous to retrieve…  It is NOT a MonkeyShine

*MonkeyHiders may bend rules about dusk to dawn closures in public parks.

**Ms Monkey does love to throw floats into bodies of water (because duh… they float) please use common sense and beware of the risks of hypothermia and tides.

Good places to look are parks, business districts and public gathering places.  But don’t forget to search off the beaten path, as we are not grouping them as tightly as in past years to prevent monkeyshines hoarding by those unscrupulous individuals who do not appreciate the spirit of the event.

If you’d like to see where they were found last year, check the comment section of the Year of the Ram Monkeyshines article on Exit133.com http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/the-year-of-the-sheep-monkeyshines-2015#.VrULGbIrKUk

When you find a MonkeyShine and post to social media, please remember to use the #monkeyshines2016 hashtag.  Heck, use the hashtag for anything MonkeyShine related that you’d like to share, including goodies you’ll be sharing or juicy rumors of shinies hidden.

BREAKING!!!

More items are being found that were left by Monkey Friends…

This, in Wright Park this morning.

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We also got a sneak peak at what BrassMonkey has created for us

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Our sources tell us that the rogue hiding of glass in the North End a few nights ago is likely true, so keep your eyes open and your monkey senses sharp!
Don’t forget to visit Exit 133  The “Official Monkeyshines Hub”

This is where you go to get the latest official MonkeyShine news and find out where people are searching and finding:  http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/the-end-of-the-monkeyshines-cycle.-or-is-it#.Vq7tL7IrKUk

And of course, you can always help fund Monkeyshines and ensure that we are able to continue it for the full 12 year cycle.

You can donate any amount of money to the project. Every dollar makes art: DONATE HERE.

You can purchase a limited edition Monkey candle cup. The price is $100 and the money is intended to, again, make more art for this year’s Monkeyshines. Pick up is either at Sonja’s in Proctor, or Creative Forces in the Murano Hotel. They will both have inventory available for sale as well. You can BUY THE CUPS ONLINE and pick it up from one of these two shops or you can purchase it at the shop. The fine folks at the shops are just helping Ms. Monkey and not technically selling these, so please pay in cash or check if you’re planning to do it in person.

Happy Seeking Monkey Lovers…

~NM

 

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Lions and Monkeys and Questions… Oh My!

Greetings fellow Gritty Tacomans, Monkey Lovers and Intrepid Urban Explorers (from all around the world based on our blog statistics)

Welcome to today’s installment of “Ask the Naughty Monkey a Question”

But first… a monkey tease…

What’s shiny, round, made of glass and hangs out with loins?

Marble Man’s treasures…

More are being found, and there are some big ones this year!

Don’t forget to use the #monkeyshines2016 hashtag to post your finds on social media!

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And now…  another one of your questions answered…

What might we found out there? 

The monkeys have been frantically staying up late creating lovely glass creations

Just over 1,000 pieces of glass art; roughly 60% are medallions and 40% floats.

Year of the monkey stoneware pendants created by Muddy and Dizzy Monkey

Collectible (first in a series of 12) watercolor painting print postcards

Sunflower seed bombs

Messages in bottles: jokes, stories, pictures, poems and calls to action created by our mini monkeys at Grant Elementary (don’t tell Ms Monkey I gave away our mini monkey’s identities or I’ll be in big trouble again.)

Ceramic sake cups

Clay zen pots

And some other special surprises…

Let’s just say that there are more than 2,500 pieces of art just waiting to be discovered in a moment of serendipity in the spirit of community.

*check the archives of this blog for photos

And then there are our Monkey Friends…

Marble Man has been quite busy this year.

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But wait!  There’s more!

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We’re also looking forward to Brick Monkey’s lego monkey faces and Ms Brick Monkey’s knit/crochet monkeys, the 12th Man Sisters fabulous polymer creations and hopefully MoonSnail will be back out with their treats from the sea.  And for gosh sakes, the Naughty Monkey is dying to know…  Will there be Octopi this year?

BREAKING!!!

We just got word from another tribe of rogue monkeys who are also putting out shiny things.

Oh MY!

The Naughty Monkey is SO EXCITED!!!

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Stay tuned tomorrow, when the Naughty Monkey tells you where to look!!!

Of course, you can join in on the fun and be a monkey friend as well!

What do YOU do/create/share?  Do you create art?  Have any fun collectibles to share? Inspirational messages? Music you could leave on a CD? Performance Art?  Or just sharing joy and community?

Don’t forget to visit Exit 133  The “Official Monkeyshines Hub”

This is where you go to get the latest official MonkeyShine news and find out where people are searching and finding:  http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/the-end-of-the-monkeyshines-cycle.-or-is-it#.Vq7tL7IrKUk

And of course, you can always help fund Monkeyshines and ensure that we are able to continue it for the full 12 year cycle.

You can donate any amount of money to the project. Every dollar makes art: DONATE HERE.

You can purchase a limited edition Monkey candle cup. The price is $100 and the money is intended to, again, make more art for this year’s Monkeyshines. Pick up is either at Sonja’s in Proctor, or Creative Forces in the Murano Hotel. They will both have inventory available for sale as well. You can BUY THE CUPS ONLINE and pick it up from one of these two shops or you can purchase it at the shop. The fine folks at the shops are just helping Ms. Monkey and not technically selling these, so please pay in cash or check if you’re planning to do it in person.

Happy Seeking Monkey Lovers…

~NM

 

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Bombs Away!!! AKA “What’s New?”

Another question the Naughty Monkey has been asked recently,

“It’s a new cycle, so what’s new with Monkey Shines?”

I’m so glad you asked silly hairless simian!

Last year we started adding MORE art, NEW art for the end of the cycle as we thought it might be the last MonkeyShines.

The community wasn’t having it.  The spirit of MonkeyShines is part of the social fabric of Tacoma.

So we are continuing to add more new art and more calls for community action.

Our latest edition is the encouragement of guerrilla gardening and the reclamation of ugly and abandoned urban spaces.

We’re going to seed bomb Tacoma Beautiful!

Actually, YOU are going to seed bomb Tacoma Beautiful.

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Can you imagine a Tacoma filled with lovely, golden sunflowers?

Let’s make 2016 the year of random acts of beauty and gardening!

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Seed Bombing is a radical act of love, beauty and natural art  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/2012/04/14/gIQArAA6HT_story.html

*please note, seed bombing must be done responsibly which means not to use invasive seeds/plants.  Sunflowers are non-invasive and provide high quality protein for wild birds.  When in doubt as to if a seed or plant could be bad for the environment, check with your local Native Plant Society and/or University Extension.

Marble Man is back with bigger and better marbles than ever in addition to his usual lovely collections.

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And it’s not just the usual band of monkeys and monkey friends bringing new things into the game.

Yesterday we introduced you to our new friend BrickMonkey and his Lego monkey faces.

Ms BrickMonkey is working on these lovely creations.

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But what the Naughty Monkey wants to know is…

Will there be Octopi this year? (if you know, please tell me)

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What do YOU do/create/share?  Do you create art?  Have any fun collectibles to share? Inspirational messages? Music you could leave on a CD? Performance Art?  Or just sharing joy and community?

Don’t forget to visit Exit 133  The “Official Monkeyshines Hub”

This is where you go to get the latest official MonkeyShine news and find out where people are searching and finding:  http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/the-end-of-the-monkeyshines-cycle.-or-is-it#.Vq7tL7IrKUk

And of course, you can always help fund Monkeyshines and ensure that we are able to continue it for the full 12 year cycle.

You can donate any amount of money to the project. Every dollar makes art: DONATE HERE.

You can purchase a limited edition Monkey candle cup. The price is $100 and the money is intended to, again, make more art for this year’s Monkeyshines. Pick up is either at Sonja’s in Proctor, or Creative Forces in the Murano Hotel. They will both have inventory available for sale as well. You can BUY THE CUPS ONLINE and pick it up from one of these two shops or you can purchase it at the shop. The fine folks at the shops are just helping Ms. Monkey and not technically selling these, so please pay in cash or check if you’re planning to do it in person.

Happy Seeking Monkey Lovers…

~NM