Future generations will be born into a world awash in altered images, virtual reality, and misinformation like fake news. How will they grasp ‘the real’ of their surroundings and, even more difficult, the more abstract and fluid elements of their identities? Amidst this backdrop, there will also likely be a new frontier of biohacking, of exploring identity by way of changing the body in new ways, such as do-it-yourself genetic or hormonal treatments. And how will all these changes and experiments play out on the platforms on which our online personas reside? Coming-of-age body modifications are (or were) an accepted practice in many cultures, from genital mutilation to superficial teeth-filling and lip stretching. Humans seem capable of dreaming up justifications that can seem bizarre or even hurtful. So where will new biotechnology lead? Gone are the days of getting your best friend to pierce your ear with an ice cube and needle or letting them tattoo you with ink and a pin. In the context of new developments such as CRISPR-Cas9, a gene-editing tool which is becoming widely available, artist Gavin Vaughan imagines a not-so-distant future where anyone can alter their own DNA. Online video: Gavin Vaughan is a UK-based designer who designs for debate and activism through intensive research. His work is focused on pushing and breaking boundaries in societal norms, and questioning what we should be allowed to do with our own bodies, new technology, and science. Vaugh has a passion for underground societies, rule breakers, and bedfellows. His works don’t create an answer but just more questions.