The infamous debut of Marie-Smith Nguyen at the Elysium Gallery of Living Art was also the debut of a new type of body modification. A clever young biohacker had engineered the fungal substrate of lichen that live on human skin. Modifications to the fungal filaments allow for much a greater variety of form than found in nature, and modifications to the symbiotic algae and cyanobacteria for more and brighter colors. The fractal plates, bushes and mazes grown on a users skin are fragile: mature dermalichen growths are often used as form of conspicuous leisure, demonstrating that one can avoid any bodily stress.
Dermalichen are bioware [Low]