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horizons west

Horizons West

OGs (since ’77). Hardcore surf shop.

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hostel california

Hostel California

A former winery, one assumes the hostel to be cheap of friendly (’cause it sure ain’t much to look at). Young travelers do hang out lounging in the sun out back by the rental bikes, playing guitar and writing post cards.

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hot dog on a stick

Hot Dog on a Stick

I prefer the shorter Hot Dog Stick (see signage). This fire-engine-red wiener and lemonade stand is classic Santa Monica boardwalk. Can’t vouch for the wieners…I don’t eat no swine.

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Hotel California Santa Monica

Hotel California

To my knowledge, the hotel has zip to do with the Eagles’ song. Though it does have a weird vibe.

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house of ink

House of Ink

Make that houses of ink. House of Ink owner Sean Heirigs is perhaps the boardwalk’s leading tattoo impresario: He not only owns two House of Inks within spitting distance of one another, he also owner or co-owner of nearby Tattoo Asylum, All Star Tattoo & Piercing and Lincoln Blvd’s Ink Monkey.

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House of Mustard

House of Mustard

20TK by TK

This slightly asymmetrical “stucco box” is balanced in part by its bold use of color and copper facework.

Ocean
Venice, California

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Hurry Curry

Hurry Curry

It’s all about the lunch special at this Venice Blvd Indian food spot. Inexpensive. Not gourmet but plenty tasty. Quick, hence the name. Also Indian treats and little gifties.

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Ink Ink Tattoo

Ink Ink Tattoo

Ink Ink’s Karina and Stephanie are both exquisite tattoo artists. I know this because of the persnickety friends I have who patronize them…and because I can see with my own eyes. A longtime Dogtown ink establishment located near the corner of Lincoln and Brooks, it’s one of Venice’s best tattoo parlors.

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chess

International Chess Park

Santa Monica’s outdoor chess facility is Washington Square Park west — only at the beach with an ocean breeze. And within steps of Hot Dog Stick. Geek heaven. Lots of chessboard-inlayed tables mean you can always get your game on here. Plus, there’s generally a lot to feast your eyes on while waiting for your rival to decide on his or her next move. Don’t forget your sunblock.

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International Dork-on-X-treme-Pogo-Stick Institute: Hospital Food “Not So Good”

“I can’t honestly say whether or not hospital food is good or not because I’m being fed through a tube,” Clark continued blinking. “But it smells like ass. I can still smell.”

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