The skinning movement as we know it begins somewhere back in 1997 when Fli7e discovered that he could “reshack” the Winamp interface with his own bitmaps to create a new look for the MP3 player. When Nullsoft (makers of Winamp) noticed these reshacked versions they released a Winamp version with extracted, easily changeable graphics. And from that day forth this was called skinning. The term skin comes from the skins used for characters in Quake and the like.
The Digideck Archive was the first ever skin site, created by Gllen to host skins for the Digideck CD Player. This site would later become Customize.org, which first opened its doors back in 1998. At first the only skinnable applications around were Winamp and Digideck. Over time more skinnable apps appeared and were added to the site, with the custo forum serving as the hub for the skinning community.
An online community showcasing various forms of user-made artwork, first launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira and others. DeviantArt aims to provide a platform for any artist to exhibit and discuss works. Works are organized in a comprehensive category structure, including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications, operating system customization utilities and others.
With the introduction of the Windows XP desktop operating system on October 25, 2001, Microsoft brought a native skinning system to the end user. Visual Styles are as fast as the default setting of XP since it is all built right into the OS. tgtsoft stylebuilder, The Skins Factory, Stardock – skinning becomes a business.