Monkeyshines 2018 - The Year of the Dog

Have you been paying attention to the calendar, Tacoma? 

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. The twitchiness and paranoia that is Monkeyshines has been in the air for weeks. We search trees and parks. We open every newspaper box and look in every potted plant. We discover every single tossed tallboy in every bush. We walk through the city at night hoping to catch a glimpse of our first glass ball of the year. Are you ready for for the Year of the Dog? 

Ms. Monkey and her team, cloaked in anonymity, create and hide thousands of handmade glass orbs and medallions every Chinese New Year. The balls and medallions are each stamped with a symbol for the new year's animal. They appear in neighborhoods throughout the city. Beautiful Angle posters usually go up that night as well. The even more mysterious Marbleman thrills hunters with his marbles. Others (rogue monkeys) join in to create art and hide treasurers. The art is to be discovered.

The thrill of the hunt has created an extraordinarily devoted and loyal group of followers. The moment a ball or medallion is found, the social interwebs light up with the news. Streets throughout the Tacoma then fill with people looking for their own prized piece of art. 

Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16 (tomorrow). Will it happen that night? Or maybe tonight? Maybe some other night?

This year will see five different stamps including the original dog stamp from 2006. As we've been reminded year after year, there's really only one rule to Monkeyshines: TAKE ONLY ONE

For us, it’s about wonder and a child-like search for treasure. It's about magic. We don't ask questions. We enjoy the moment. Good luck to all our Monkeyshine hunting friends!

That said, we know that a lot of people are looking and several friends of the monkeys are already hiding little treasures. If you're looking, have stories to tell, or have questions, post them in the comments. Head over to our Facebook page and tell your story there as well.  If you have photos you'd like to share, please email them to us at tips @ We'll add them to your comment. Do you need some inspiration? Here are a few things to read while we all wait ...

And who could forget ...

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Good morning everyone! See you out there on this beautiful morning.

February 16, 2018 at 4:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Thank you soooooo much monkeys. The wife is year of the dog and we were fortunate enough to find a beautiful orb on the waterfront.

February 16, 2018 at 6:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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My friend found a green medallion, and I found a beautiful blue orb.  Both were found at Fireman’s Park this morning around 7:15am. I was born in the year of the dog, and I am a firefighter’s wife so this find was extra special! I’ve also been searching for years, and this is the time I’ve actually found an orb! Thank you so much Ms. Monkey!!

P.S.  It was so nice chatting to so many fellow monkeyshine hunters this morning! I wish you all luck!!

February 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Found a medalist but would really like a 12th man sisters dog. Anybody out there want to swap?

February 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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#12thmansisters have only just begun, dont give up keep looking!!

February 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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We had such a fun morning! We hunted and then we went to work/school. I needed the hope, magic, and optimism trapped in the Port of Tacoma orb that we found today.  Happy for the weekend and some more joyful searching.

February 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Where in the Port did you find it?

February 17, 2018 at 8:18 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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It really wasn’t in the Port….At Kobitech

February 18, 2018 at 7:29 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Any hints out there? My kiddos are dying for one! We’ve looked everywhere

February 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Any hints out there? My kiddos are dying for one! We’ve looked everywhere

Peter, it seems like there are a lot of hints happening on Twitter if you look under #monkeyshines2018.  Hasn’t helped me at all, but maybe it will help you! :)  Good luck!

February 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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how great is our Ms monkey, Port of Tacoma and all the shiners?!  Thanks Tacoma!!!

February 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Found a medallion at Franklin Park.  Thanks Monkey’s, such a great tradition.

February 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Found a medallion at Next to Nature on Sat morning! Thanks Monkey’s!!!!!!!!

February 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Woof! Thanks Ms. Monkey and all the awesome MonkeyHelpers! I found a gorgeous blue and yellow swirl orb at Kandle Park this afternoon! Soooooo super happy! So I will be hiding the very lovely pin I found on Thursday - beautiful job on it LazerMonkey! Unfortunately I don’t wear pins, so hopefully someone lucky searcher is into pins - perhaps a girl or boy scout for their sash? Now where should I hide it, hmmmmmmm

February 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Found a medallion in a mud puddle under 1.5” of ice at Jefferson park, fingers frozen but so happy!

February 19, 2018 at 11:16 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Found a beautiful white orb on Ruston Friday night. I was so happy. Love this tradition and love Tacoma!

February 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Wendy Wahman

We moved to Tacoma recently and I just learned about this this morning. You all are the coolest!

February 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Micah R Christensen

Found one today!!! In a Book Nook (little library) looking for rocks!!!! Not sure how to add a pic!

February 25, 2018 at 5:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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