Or, for about $2.00, you can paint your big old space wagon. (Smaller ships may cost much less.)
CCP has a Dev Post up about a pilot program for cosmetic options to allow pilots to customize the appearance of their ships. People have talked about it for ages, with the range of ideas going from full out, no holds barred paint jobs to maybe just letting us put our alliance or corp logos on ships.
Of course, this is EVE Online. Nothing can ever come easy. After years of being badgered, CCP has come up with a complicated plan that involves you buying a blueprint for your specific ship (not hull, but ship, so a Merlin and a Harpy do not share if I read things correctly) from the previously only known for monocles in-game RMT shop, the NEX Store (which still sells monocles, monocles never actually being an issue to anybody really, thank you very much), using that other currency, Aurum, and manufacturing a skin (using the oh-so-intuitive manufacturing interface) that can be applied to your ship.
And, of course, it is a single use item that blows up when your ship does. But it will be noted on kill mails!
Fine, I have fought the UI before and won. I can handle this. Or I can read somebody’s inevitable guide to how to do it. When do I get my Hello Kitty Kestral?
Well, not yet.
CCP is still figuring this out, so for now it is just a pilot program (for pilots!) that includes a limited set of pre-set paint schemes that can be applied to a limited selection of ships. Basically, if you fly one of the nine ships they have selected (Rifter, Maelstrom, Incursus, Hyperion(!?), Punisher, Abaddon, Merlin, or Rokh) you can create a new skin for it. I might have thrown a couple of big, fat cargo ships into the mis, as the paint scheme might be more noticeable, because some of the pre-sets they are offering aren’t exactly stunning updates.
My guess is that they are having problems applying paint to rust.
This is a work in progress and I am sure that options will expand as they figure things out. And this is CCP, which has its own process. It could be a while before you get your Hello Kitty Kestral.
The Dev Blog post linked above has many more details as well as screen shots of the current ships in the trial.
Me, I am waiting for huge, pink dreadnoughts and titans with racing stripes.