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The Elder Scrolls V offers tons of customization options for your main character.
But if you’ve been playing RPGs for a long time, you know that those options eventually don’t cut it. We always want more!
And let’s say you’re into tattoos, but you’re too scared of the needle. Well how about slapping some tattoos onto the virtual folks in Skyrim?
With these mods, you’ll be able to get tattoos all over your body. Well, your character’s body.
5. KJ Tattoos
Want to become the coolest looking savior the world has ever seen?
Then you have definitely come to the right place.
KJ Tattoos is a huge mod pack with over 40 customizable tattoos that can be applied to both male and female characters, with the added benefit that you won’t have to go to any tattoo shop to get them!
NPCs, unfortunately, are not so lucky… so no new tattoos for them.
Being the Dragonborn comes with some great benefits.
4. The Coenaculi
Tattoos are cool, no question about it.
But aren’t fully-colored tattoos even cooler?
The Coenaculi is a handy RaceMenu plugin that allows you to pick and apply a variety of tattoos to different body parts with just a simple click.
Better yet, you get tons of customization options here, and even the ability to colorize any tattoo to your liking.
And (as if all this wasn’t enough) the mod only downloads the data needed for the tattoos you’ve picked! So my old 500 GB HDD couldn’t be happier.
Tattoos look great and all, but they don’t bring any real advantage in battle.
I mean, it’s not like skeletons can get spooked by them.
But you know what might spook out some enemies?
The vanilla war paints will never look as great as they do with the Painterly mod, an amazing retexture that improves on them in every possible way, basically increasing their resolution to 2K.
You know how it is: the higher the resolution, the better the effect!
2. Weathered Nordic Bodypaints
Nothing screams “seasoned warrior” like some faded warpaint.
Only because a true warrior doesn’t have the time to waste to take care of them!
If you’re not all that seasoned, but still want to look the part, you can download the Weathered Nordic Bodypaints pack.
Then show all of Skyrim that you’ve seen more than your fair share of battles.
And it really doesn’t matter whether it’s true: no one’s going to ask how many times you were inches away from a horrible death, trust me.
1. Community Overlays
Getting tattoos all over your virtual body sounds fun, right?
But it doesn’t automatically make you look cool. Randomness is rarely cool.
But if you don’t have the patience to mix and match different tattoos, or go over tons of customization options, you can just download the Community Overlays mod.
This grants you 30 themed overlays that will always help you look your best.
And I know what you’re thinking: these aren’t your own creations, true.
But when you can take 15 seconds to look like the coolest Dragonborn the world has ever seen, does it really matter whose design it is?