Express yourself; this is the mantra for savvy gadget owners who are moving from personalised ring tones and screensavers to custom-made 'skins' as covers for their devices.
Skins - also called decals and stick-ons - are a fun way to spruce up your laptop computer, mobile phone, portable media player or mobile gaming device. Made of durable, high-quality film, they protect machines from dents and scratches. They are also easily removed, allowing users to personalise their device as often as they choose without causing damage.
The aptly named Mobile Beauty Workshop, in Mong Kok, is the city's go-to skins shop, with myriad options to make a statement, impress friends or stand out from the crowd. The proprietors use a program with templates for different types of mobile devices, a machine to cut the skins and a printer to churn out ready-made or one-of-a-kind designs, such as a customer's artwork or photos.
Some of the shop's most memorable custom skin jobs have been for Belgian DJ Daddy K, who had an Apple MacBook, headphones, four portable gaming devices and a mobile phone covered with white crystals. That order was finished in three days after it was placed, so the DJ had his car gearstick and dashboard skinned with white crystals on his next visit. James Whittle, Post Magazine's game reviewer, is another satisfied customer. He speaks highly of the shop's wide selection of designs, the proprietors' helpful advice and their fine custom-cut work.
The price is right, too. A 30-minute skin job for a mobile phone, personal digital assistant, portable media player or Nintendo DS starts at HK$158. Prices for a two-hour session on a laptop start from HK$280 while a 45-minute PlayStation Portable decal costs HK$208.
To give your gadgets a makeover, visit the skins experts at shop 237, Argyle Centre, 65 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, tel: 9215 0092.