A drive into Downtown LA
Jul 31, 2010
|All of us headed over to Disneyland this morning around 11 where we did Mr Toads Wild Ride and Buzz Lightyears ride.
Walked around several other rides but the lines and waiting time were just too long and we quit trying to get onto anything else. The crowds now were horrendous and it just wasnt worth being there.
All loaded into the Mustang and headed up the freeway to Los Angeles downtown. Took 1.5 hours to do the trip which is ridiculous.
Found the address of 1295 La Brea Blvd in West Hollywood that we wanted and were lucky enough to get an appointment at 7.30pm - unbelievable. OK, 2 and half hours to fill in so went up into the Hollywood Hills to the Hollywood sign around Canyon Road to the Greek Theatre and Observatory where hordes of people were arriving for a Pat Benatar concert with REO Speedwagon.
Drove back down and along Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard past Graumann's Chinese Theatre and from there did a cruise along Rodeo Drive and back to West Hollywood.
Still half an hour to fill in so had a Starbuck's coffee.
Now the moment I had been planning for months - a tattoo at LA INK's High Voltage Tattoos. John went first and Nate the tattooist wanted to look at John's old tattoos.
One in particular fascinated him and he asked who did it and when and wanted to take a photo of it. This is the team at LA INK, famous tattoo studio on cable TV, being interested in one of John's 40 y.o. tattoos of a sailor kitten. Next thing you know, one of the girl tattooist is asked to have a look at his tattoo. She is all a goo goo over it and they were so excited about his old time tattoos in general. Next another two male tattooist are there looking at the sailor kitten!! The girl is having Nate re-draw the tattoo from the photo and she is going to have it done on her shoulder, She asked for our email address and she will email a photo when it is done.
John spent 2 hours in the chair having the New Echota Cherokee thunderbird symbol on his back.
Next came my turn, Nate drew up my design for me and it was time to start. I was amazed at how little it hurt - just like severe pins and needles for the outline but a little more severe for the colouring and shading.
I am extremely pleased with my hummingbird design I was very surprised that mine only took just over an hour and a half. It was well after 11pm when we all loaded back into the car and made our way back to Anaheim.
Another thing crossed off our Bucket Lists!!!!