Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Custom Horror-Inspired 3DS Skin from Gelaskins

After wanting a Nintendo 3DS for what felt like forever, I finally had the opportunity to get one thanks to a sweet deal from my bank. Because I signed up for direct deposit when I opened the account a few months ago, they sent me an Amazon gift card to spend on whatever I wanted. After scouring the new and used listings on Amazon, I finally found a used 3DS in good condition for only $99... The catch? It was pink.

Pink is easily my least favorite color, but I couldn't turn down the deal when the least expensive black one was $50 more and I wanted to be able to buy a few games using the gift card as well. I went ahead and ordered the pink one, figuring I could easily cover it with a case or skin.

I spent days browsing Amazon, eBay and Etsy in search of a skin I liked to no avail. All of the decent looking ones were made for the XL, and none of the regular ones would come even close to covering all of the pink on my system. I was just about to suck it up and deal when I discovered Gelaskins, a company that makes custom skins for laptops, smart phones and gaming consoles. Their skin still wouldn't cover all of the pink, but it would cover most of it, which gave me the idea to pick a design that would complement the color while still transforming my 3DS into something I wouldn't hate looking at.

I went through the photos I have saved on my computer and found a nice pale pink design covered in monsters, skeletons, bats and an assortment of other creepy little things that I used to have as my desktop background. (Please see the update added to the end of this post.)  Formatting the design to fit a 3DS was incredibly simple using Gelaskins' virtual designer, and in less than 10 minutes my custom skin had been designed and ordered.

Here's what the preview of my design looked like on the Gelaskins website.

"Whole Lot of Horror" Design by Josh Ln
And here's what it looked like when it arrived about a week later, along with the aforementioned hideous pink 3DS:

I suck at applying decals, screen protectors and similar things, so I had my mom apply it for me on Christmas Eve (she's like the sticker ninja). With several adult beverages in her system, she was able to get all six parts on it perfectly in about 15 minutes, so I assume that means these skins are pretty easy to apply. Most of the original pink is covered completely, and it doesn't look bad where it does show through because it matches perfectly with the totally rad design on the skin.

I'm beyond impressed with the look and quality of my horror-inspired skin, and so far it's holding on tough with zero creases or peeling edges. Considering it was the only thing I bought out of pocket for my 3DS and it cost less than $30 including shipping, I'm extremely happy. However, I think I've developed a bit of an addiction, as I'm now jonesing to buy a Gelaskin for my phone and Xbox as well.

(UPDATE: Many thanks to Corrine at Stuck With Pins for informing me that the artist behind this design is Josh Ln. He has tons of incredible illustrated odds and ends for sale over on Society 6, which I was unaware of when I selected this design. It was never my intention to use a design an independent artist was selling through another platform, I simply found it on Tumblr or some similar site months ago with no source attached and had it saved on my hard drive to use as a desktop background. Even though I had this made solely for my own personal use and enjoyment, I still feel bad. Many apologies to Josh Ln for my use of this design without permission, and I encourage anyone reading this post to check out the many, many things you can order from him in this print here.)


  1. The original artist is Josh Ln! :)

  2. Thank you! I will update this post to include credit to him once I get on my computer. Aaaand I'll probably go buy a zillion things in that print off Society 6 now that I know it's there and feel like an asshole. Pretty sure I found it on Tumblr with no credit originally. Boo :/

  3. Great Cover! Looks really good...


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