On Thursday, Facebook developer Jordan Eldredge announced the launch of the Winamp Skin Museum, an easy-to-browse collection of over 65,000 examples of the iconic digital wrappers that adorned the Winamp music player at the turn of the century.
But the Skin Museum project is a labor of love, and Eldredge made sure to pay tribute to the “many artists who, with these skins, forged an iconic moment in internet art history.
This weekend, I recommend that you order a pizza, put on some X-Files in the background, wrap your Winamp in a skin that expresses your core personality, and try to pretend that you’re living in the You’re Finally Awake / You Hit Your Head Really Hard meme. Ah, good times.
At this moment, thousands of people around the world are booting up the just-released remaster of the classic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game and hearing those plinking Primus riffs on the soundtrack for the first time in a couple of decades.
If you’re one of the people who are about to spend the weekend going further down the rabbit hole of ‘90s tunes that make you forget the last two decades ever happened, we’ve got just the ingredient to help you fully immerse yourself.
I made my share of Winamp skins, but the only one I ever used was based on the interface of Leisure Suit Larry 5, which was this ugly-as-sin combination of cyan and neon pink on a yellow background.