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We RAT on SKL0!

Singapore artist Samantha Lo.
SKL0's logo. That's an "S". That's her mole. Photo courtesy of the artist.
From SKL0's Champion Colloquial sticker series. Photo courtesy of the artist.
From SKL0's Champion Colloquial sticker series. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Singapore artist Samantha Lo.
Samantha Lo's mural Opportunity at the Substation. Photo: The Substation
Urban artist Samantha Lo says she “will not break the law again”, as she attempts to shed her “Sticker Lady” tag. Photo: Don Wong
Samantha Lo collaborated with Thai artist Pratchaya Phinthong for the site-specific piece Untitled at last year's Thai Transcience exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum. It entailed her splashing disappearing ink on the walls of the museum. Photo: SAM.
Singapore artist Samantha Lo.
From SKL0's Champion Colloquial sticker series. Photo: SKL0
From SKL0’s Champion Colloquial sticker series.
From SKL0's Limpeh series. Photo: SKL0
SKL0’s latest installation, Solitude. Photo: SKL0
SKL0’s latest painting series, Cultured. Photo: SKL0
Urban artist Samantha Lo says she “will not break the law again”, as she attempts to shed her “Sticker Lady” tag. Photo: Don Wong
Published: 6:05 AM, May 27, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, May 28, 2013
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So yes, we had a chat with Samantha Lo, also known in some circles as SKL0 and, erm, Sticker Lady. So, without further ado, here it is. SKL0 before, during and after the “Sticker Lady Saga”. Find a nice kopitiam and order kopi and, as one of her stickers go: “Press to stop time”. It’s a pretty long chat.

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I GUESS WE CAN START WITH THE MOST OBVIOUS QUESTION. AFTER NEARLY A YEAR OF THE WHOLE STICKER LADY SAGA, HOW DID IT FEEL?

I think it wasn’t just the sentencing, but more of having the whole thing conclude. That was a huge relief. It was just knowing that I didn’t have to wait anymore.

SO WHATEVER THE COURT’S DECISION WAS—

I was ready to accept it. It’s about being responsible for your actions. I mean, for the past 11 months, I was preparing myself mentally and emotionally. A lot of what I didn’t expect to happen, happened as well. I didn’t expect this much attention. I didn’t expect my friends and loved ones to be put under pressure as well. The first few weeks were really, really tough lah. After coming out of lock-up, I was a hermit for a week, just battling thoughts in my head. Just crazy lah. And after that, having to deal with this new life, new identity… Throughout the entire 11 months, it was just coming to grips with this reality that I’m experiencing right now. A lot of good and bad. And it wasn’t something that I expected to happen to me, but I’m grateful that it did — it is quite an experience.

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