Skinning Contest #4: Icons of an Era

Skinning Contest #4 banner

The Skinning Contest #4: Icons of an Era is a free-for-all osu! skinning contest hosted by skinship, one of the largest skinning communities on osu!. It is the fourth official osu! skinning contest.

The above banner features Kleinne Lui's entry for the Journey into a Beatmap World art contest.

Contest schedule

Event Timestamp
Announcement 2023-05-10
Submission phase 2023-05-10/2023-07-14
Voting phase 2023-07-21/2023-08-04
Results 2023-08-10


Placing Prize(s)
Gold crown 6 months of osu!supporter, unique profile badge
Silver crown 4 months of osu!supporter, unique profile badge
Bronze crown 2 months of osu!supporter, unique profile badge


The Skinning Contest #4 is run by various community members.

User Responsibility
0x84f News post writing
Master-TigerKun Contest planning
Matt2e2 Contest planning
Roan Contest planning, internal tool development
RockRoller Contest planning, submission screening
tetsui Contest planning
vvivi Contest planning
watterino Video editing
Zeus- Contest planning



For the full results, see the contest page.

Skinning Contest #4 podium


  • Submissions must not contain inappropriate, malicious, or epileptic content, and should adhere to the osu! community rules.
  • All assets need to be created by yourself, or used with permission and proper credit to the authors. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • fonts
    • icons
    • textures
    • artworks (e.g. stock images or anime artwork)
    • sounds
  • The majority of the in-game menu interface and at least two game modes have to be skinned. In other words, in addition to the gameplay elements, the following segments should not be left default:
    • ranking panel
    • song selection
    • mode selection
    • mod icons
    • pause and fail menu
    • main menu (optional, but highly encouraged)
  • Submissions must be new creations — only skins posted within the submission period will be accepted.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a forum thread in order to participate in the contest.
  • Submissions must be made in time. Latecomers will not be accepted.
  • Submissions must not be created as a part of, or be involved in a paid commission of any sort.
  • Submissions must be created individually. Teams/collaborations are not allowed.
  • Submissions must be in line with the given theme: "Icons of an Era".
  • The file size for your .osk submission must be below 100 MB.
  • Please submit a 16:9 image representing your skin, since this will be used as a cover on the contest page. This image must be at least 1280x720.

Failure to comply with the contest rules may lead to disqualification, or, in severe cases, exclusion from future contests.

Theme: Icons of an Era

This iteration's theme, Icons of an Era, aims to spark the community's imagination by creating art around various iconic osu! beatmaps that were crafted and risen to glory throughout osu!'s lifetime, as well as the many either retired, official or community-made osu! mascots that have been introduced over the course of the past 15 years.

Each entry should have a prominent theme where the inspiration behind it is immediately recognisable, such as:

  • skin centred around a beatmap background
  • skin centred around a group of beatmap backgrounds
  • skin focused around a specific mascot or group of mascots
  • any combination of the above (e.g. pippi singing into the microphone from The Big Black)