Punk rockers, artists and other members of the subcultural elite have fixated on skateboarding since way before the first Warped Tour. Back in ’86 So-Cal punks Circle Jerks and Fear contributed soundtrack tunes to the awesomely silly Thrashin'
, featuring a baby-faced Josh Brolin and pre-Twin Peaks
Sherilyn Fenn. Locally, the Skatepark of Tampa has been around since many of you were sporting Vans onesies. Founder Brian Schaefer and his self-described “crusty little warehouse” have been, since 1993, a haven for every local kid with a board and a Spitfire Head tattoo. The SPoT, as the clued-in call it, is home to both the Tampa Am and the Tampa Pro competitions, which roll in again on Dec. 8. Over the years some gigantic names in the world of skating — Stefan Janoski, Danny Way, Tony Hawk, and yes, a buff-naked Bill Weiss — have wowed fans there. Show some respect for a local institution by attending one of the many events in conjunction with the competitions over the weekend. Red Bull and PBR cosponsor an open bar from 4 to 8 p.m., and an art show follows afterward Fri. night at the SPoT-owned Bricks of Ybor. Sat. night, the Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Party brings Oakland hip-hoppers Souls of Mischief
(namesake of the skatepark’s recent anniversary events) and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike to Czar for a free show. On Sun., the events go out big with an after-party at the Bricks. Footnote to straight women and gays: The sidewalks of Seventh Avenue will become an eye-candy parade of young buff skateboarders from across the country and around the world, who — for one blessed weekend out of the year — outnumber females 8-1 at Ybor’s watering holes. — Gina Vivinetto and Julie Garisto