Skin your skins !!
Hi to all !
As an amateur of beautiful "antique" skins, I have always been amazed to see that most skins which were regarded as works of art were in fact only scrap !!
Take most Winamp 2 and Winamp 3 skins, only 3 windows are skinned !! Is this a finished & crafted work of art, such as an Yves St. Laurent piece of garment, or a scrap ??
Even the early skins of GaretJax aren't finished ! Same with Peacekeeper, and all the skinners of that generation !
Monaux-- who passes as a top artist-- doesn't have a single skin with more than 3 windows skinned (main, Eq., Playlist) !! That's why all his skins are forgotten !! Same problem with most of the "Alien Assault" series (2 skins are fully skinned) and the beautiful "Bionica" series, where NONE is fully skinned ! WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE SKINNERS??
On the other hand, take Music2u4U, ALL his skins are fully skinned ! Same with Blueslaad, except a few of his early skins. Same with the WOLF series & the MetrixMetalDream series, the Kalak Amplifier & the Strawberry Lambic series! ALL fully skinned ! And would Milk be Milk or BlackInk, BlackerInk, Decadence, Shadowmore, the Arora Efex series, would they still be known today if they hadn't been fully skinned ??
Deviantart isn't the best place to find quality, decent work... I found a download of "Sophia" by Peacemaker, unskinned, but on Winamp.com, the same "Sophia" was fully skinned !!
How to explain this?? And I can tell you it's day & night if you want to have the viz window on your desktop or on your 55" plasma TV screen !!
Winamp.com may have had its shortcomings, but they would present only fully skinned skins ! Deviantart is famous for many things, including his horrible .ZIP format !! And if there are 2 skins in the .zip file, you can't change it into a .wal or .wsz file... then you're stuck ! The days are gone when we could fool around with hundreds of tiny pieces of skins !!
And regarding Garetjax 's new site, it offers anything, including the tackiest "girly" skins ! Skinned or unskinned, nobody knows untill they have been downloaded & then you have to delete them, not just in your "downloads" folder but also in your skin folder where their name will have registered !!
"Energy Amplifer" is seen everywhere, because it's fully skinned, and most people see a skin as a beautiful decor on their desktop, they don't care (rightly) if it's usable or not !
With our laptops fully equipped with surround 5.1 sound, we don't care if a skin is usable, as long as it's awesome - looking & can display a nice viz !
Check Necromesh (Peacemaker), Tiger Brushed (blue) and "Blue Sacrem" (Unknown) !!
Sorry for rambling... have been tasting wine in Napa Valley !
ElectricFox (check Electric Sheep, much more interesting !!)