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Bobby Luo: Singapore's OG Scene Kid On The Importance Of Being Yourself

Fresh off the launch of his art book Freakdom, Bobby Luo gathers some of his pals to talk alternative style, youth culture and what it truly means to be an individual

Among Bobby Luo’s (middle) wildest fashion allies are designer Nathanael Ng (left), who also helps co-organise (with Luo) the alternative hip-hop party Baby Boy, as well as handle social media and visual merchandising at Super Freak; and visual artist Aaron Han, who was part of the original team behind Luo’s now-defunct club The Butter Factory.

His current project: the reinvention of his five-year-old boutique at Orchardgateway. Originally named Superspace and solely carrying fashion labels like Bernhard Willhelm and Tata Christiane, it now also boasts areas for art, music, gifts, and a thrift marketplace with everything emblematic of independent culture – think statement costumes designed in collaboration with local creatives.

“After five years, I want to give the shop a last shot, and it’s only fitting that I continue to explore this narrative of statement dressing; of celebrating misfit/freak culture and being your most authentic self – even if it means being extra AF,” says Luo.

Also in development: a website to accompany Freakdom, his art book that chronicles a year’s worth of his outfits, launched at Dover Street Market Singapore in May. A work-in-progress, it’s meant to be a “style bible” for the like-minded around the world, he says.

“As soon as you stop trying to blend in and be like everyone else, you can follow your own passion and make the experience that you want. I’m ready to slay the next chapter of my life and continue to break genres and stereotypes; to innovate and create something new.”

Helping to keep him inspired is his coterie of creative allies that’s grown to include some of Singapore’s boldest young artistic talents, including the Gen Z artists Howie Kim and Polina Korobova. “I love them. They bring so much energy and vibrancy and life to the table,” he says.

“It’s really very exciting to see youths breaking new moulds and challenging stereotypes… As they hone their own individualism, their weirdness will become their greatest asset.” Here, Luo and his “freak clique” – young and OG – discuss creativity, fashion and true individuality in Singapore today.

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