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Bounce elevates graffiti to mainstream art

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

With this thought in mind, Bounce sought to bring graffiti art — which was usually relegated to the streets — to more renowned establishments such as the Art Taipei exposition, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

“Artistic value trumps monetary value any day,” Bounce said, adding that he was attempting to create art that would be “truly priceless.”

Over the past two years, Bounce have begun to incorporate elements of Hakka culture into his graffiti, claiming that having brought in foreign elements to Taiwan, he was also reminded to look inward at his own culture.

“I am Hakka, but there is nothing around us that is decidedly Hakka. At most one’s exposure to the Hakka culture is to hear the language spoken, but our clothing and daily items have all been largely Westernized,” Bounce said.

He said that the Hakka elements in his creations expressed his heritage and sense of self, an emphatic statement to express his own culture.

As a warning to others seeking to emulate him, Bounce said that the path to artistic succes was not as easy as it looked, adding that financial pressure and family expectations were two things that an aspiring artist would have to deal with at some point in his or her career.

Coming from a single-parent family, Bounce said that despite gaining some renown in the graffiti field before completing his mandatory military service, it only took one word from his mother to make him feel somewhat responsible for the family and start making some money.

Bounce said he gave up creating art and got a job, for two years, adding that he wasted time in which he could be creating for a monthly salary of a mere NT$20,000.

Bounce said he eventually decided to talk about the situation with his mother.

Although his mother was still worried about him, she was understanding enough to allow him to pursue his dreams, he said.

He firmly believed in the tenet that once a person has proved himself of a certain value, money would soon follow.

“If everything one does is for the money, it’s a commodity, not art,” Bounce said.

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