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dA5pook - back in black by thespook dA5pook - back in black by thespook
This skin is now too buggy to use. I do not recommend you install it.

I'll be writing a new version for deviantART v6.x eventually, but these things take up so much time and effort that I'm not that motivated right now.

If someone wants to put forward a donation to motivate me to update the skin now, well, I wouldn't say no to that, but otherwise you'll just have to be patient.

11th June 2008
I've updated the stylesheet over at with the work I've done towards updating the skin. It doesn't address all of the issues, but does fix most of the major ones.

The update only applies to v5 of deviantart, I plan to do a total re-write for v6.

~SGAlteran was cool enough to help me out with a whole bunch of the bug fixes, so much respect for his contributions.

UPDATE: 19th April 2007 - BACK IN BLACK!
major one being that Journal CSS is no longer interfered with by dA5pook! :D

There's a minor bug where some links or headings wont be coloured - it's rare, so don't worry - but if you spot any send me a note with a quick description and I'll fix it :thumbsup:

Hopefully `the-faun doesn't mind me using his journal in the preview image :blushes:

TO INSTALL (two steps!)
:star: STEP ONE: Visit dA5pook Black @ and see the section titled 'Install options'. Firefox users will see a button that reads 'Load into Stylish' or 'Update in Stylish' if you've got it installed already. If you don't have Stylish, get it.

Alternatively, if you know what you're doing, you can @import it from

If you're a Firefox user still using DeviantSkin to install your skins - disable/uninstall any skins you have, uninstall DeviantSkin and start using Stylish instead. DeviantSkin was awesome when `bluespeed9 first published it, but to compare it to Stylish would be like comparing IE with Firefox.

If you use Opera, you can still install it, though you'll probably need to edit the skin beforehand (to remove the Firefox only @-moz-document bits. I've only tested the skin in Firefox.

If you still use IE - got cry to mommy, you're not ready to use the internet.

:star: STEP TWO: Install the following Greasemonkey script - noCSSForJournals.user.js - it's a helper script that makes sure journals look pretty. If you don't have the Greasemonkey extension installed, click the link and get it.

You could get away with not installing the script, but some journals (those without CSS) might be hard to read or look wrong. So, INSTALL IT! ;p

TO STYLE v4 PAGES (ie. message center)
I have provided a modified version of my old v4 skin so that you can install it in conjunction with the new v5 skin to have those half-baked pages styled black too.

Visit oldblack.css and copy the entire contents of the page. Then click on the Stylish icon in the bottom left of Firefox and select 'Write Style > Blank Style...'. Add a title (ie devart: oldblack) and then paste the contents of the skin into the big text area. Hit save, and you're done :)

Don't use the @import method, as I will never update oldblack.css

TO CHANGE LINK COLOURS instructions to come shortly.


If you want to read the back-story, check out my journal - skinning v5. I've also set up a mini site of sorts - [link] - where you can find a few other CSS goodies you can install in Stylish.

I hope you enjoy using it, and if there are any issues, drop me a note and i'll be right on it :thumbsup:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-08-18
Presenting the first-ever v5 skin for DA! dA5pook - for v5 - update by ^thespook looks amazing! ( Featured by abhimanyughoshal )

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saphireta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Is possible you'll do this for v7? It may be great!
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I've been working on it here and there, but I can't promise it'll be out any time soon.

One day, one day :0
saphireta Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Ok, understand ..and looking forward! :) (may it be with orange links.. ? or something like that.. just as little suggestion, but do it your way oc)
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
My way was already with orange links :D
Infernalord Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Please update this script, please! :please:

This is like the coolest skin ever!
thespook Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I'm working on it :)

I've made enough progress to give people a preview sometime soon, but it wont be done for a while. And with Firefox 3.5 out now I'll also be able to work in some very cool CSS3 features :nod:
Infernalord Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't wait to use it!
I hate this dA green color!

Dzon65 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
I can't get this to work.Somehow it changes nothing.I'm currently using daBlack and I have to say,along with firefy blue updated they are the only two working.I've posted a review on userstyles about this.Too bad cause I really like it.
thespook Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
It doesn't surprise me, dA has changed a lot since I stopped updating this version of the skin. I just tested it out, and yeah, for the most part it doesn't change much anymore.

I'm working on a rewrite, but I can't promise it'll come out any time soon as I'm only working on it from time to time. I'm sure you can appreciate how much work goes into these things; I missed a lot of sleep working on the previous versions :lol: So this time I'm trying not to burn out working on it too hard.

iareruss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool. But damn it like you said it's buggy. I'll wait till you release the new one. If I can, I'll donate, how do I go about doing that? Buying something you sell on here?
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