Former cook, adventurer, student, gang member
U.S.A. (legally deceased)
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California
Unidentified grandparents (deceased), Eduardo Espinosa (father, deceased), Estella Espinosa (mother, deceased), Tito Espinosa (brother), Linda Espinosa (sister), Gilberto (cousin), Inez (cousin)
Formerly Generation X
High-school level courses at Massachusetts Academy
Skin's gray body possessed between 4-6 feet of extra skin that he could control to assist him in varying ways, such as to grapple opponents or swing on like a vine. He can stretch his limbs to some extent. Even though his bones couldn't stretch, they could move under his skin. This allowed his arms and legs to stretch to several times their normal length. When relaxed, Skin’s extra skin sagged, but by concentrating he could contract the extra skin. Skin’s extra skin also granted him a degree of resistance to physical injury, being highly resistant to punctures and tearing.
Cooking, and is adept in the use of small firearms.
Young Angelo Espinosa grew up in the Barrio in South Central Los Angeles and saw his father killed in a drive-by shooting. Having had violence forced on him at such an impressionable age, Angelo joined a gang and fell in love with a fellow member named Tores. Following one particularly violent shoot-out with a rival gang, Angelo was forced to fake his own death and entrusted his cousin Gil with the knowledge that he was still alive.
Later on, Angelo was one of several young mutants kidnapped by the techno-organic alien race the Phalanx. However, Angelo and his fellow prisoners were rescued by the X-Men. Soon after this, Angelo joined up and became one of the founding members of Generation X (a team of mutants enrolled in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters at its new branch in the re-opened Massachusetts Academy.) Angelo was given the codename "Skin" as a result of his mutant ability. (To learn about the above highlighted race, teams, and/or places, just click on their names.)
During his time with Generation X, Skin was targeted by the armored vigilante the X-Cutioner, who believed him to be responsible for the death of Angelo Espinosa, not knowing that they were the same person. This prompted Skin to return home where he disguised himself as an old man and visited the grave that bore his name. There, Skin encountered both his mother and Tores, though they were unaware of his true identity. (To learn about X-Cutioner, click on the highlighted name above.)
Later on during a trip to Los Angeles, Generation X was attacked by cybernetic Prime Sentinels from the government-sponsored anti-mutant Operation: Zero Tolerance. Skin was reunited with Tores when he sought help from her and her own gang and learned that she too was a mutant. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the team and/or program.)
After Generation X disbanded, due to the the closure of the Massachusetts Academy, Skin left for home to Los Angeles with his teammate Jubilee. Once there, he took up a job in a fast food restaurant while Jubilee aspired to a career as an actress. During this time, Skin displayed feelings for Jubilee, but she did not reciprocate them. (To learn about Jubilee, click on the highlighted name above.)
Later on, Skin was captured by the anti-mutant religious organization the Church of Humanity and crucified on a cross on the lawn of the X-Men’s mansion. Despite the X-Men’s best efforts, he died from his injuries. Skin was buried in his family plot in the Beverly Glen Cemetery in Los Angeles; however, the cemetery did not allow mutants to be buried on its grounds. Therefore, his body was ultimately cremated and his ashes were given to Jubilee.
More recently, Skin has been revived by an alien techno organic virus.
To learn a little bit more about Skin, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Skin.
In the film X2, "Espinoso, Angelo" appears on a list on William Stryker's computer files. (His name is listed on the very top of the list on the second picture posted above.)