Anyone know where I can find a history? Google just feeds me golf info.
Hopefully this wikipedia article would be helpful:
I think it started with Windows 95 allowing customisable themes, and then WinAmp lets you do it.
I know there have been problems with Marvel Comics complaining about people using Incredible Hulk skins (big guy, green skin, purple pants) without licensing rights: and EA had a problem with nude skins.
But otherwise there seems to be a dearth of information, or perhaps I’m just looking in the wrong places.
I believe what you want is more commonly called “textures”.