Hooligan Sadikson is an artist and musician from Mexico City who has lived in Scotland for the last nine years. He had introduced himself to us at our magazine launch back in October and since I’ve learned more about his artwork and his music career. He is also passionate about veganism having been involved with local activist groups, and has recently created some art where the subject matter was veganism. We decided to meet for a chat to discuss his art, moving to Glasgow and veganism.
Hooligan views everything he creates as art, be it his paintings and sketches or his music. He is a talented drummer currently playing in his new band IdKid alongside Bobby and John McLaren and Dean Di Mola.
“I’ve been doing lots of different things, I’ve never really put them in a box as in ‘this is all art or my art’ or whatever but now I do. Now I know that music and all the paints I do and sculptures are the same thing, or I consider them the same thing.”
Being creative is something he admits he must do to keep himself occupied and creatively stimulated.
“If I’m not in a band or I don’t have something going on I get itchy and I get moody as well.”
Hooligan moved to Scotland with his family at the age of eighteen, his mum is originally from Bathgate. He says having two completely different cultural experiences between growing up and becoming an adult has been great for his mind and subsequently his art. Looking back it was the move to Scotland that he believes set the path to him becoming vegan.
“I think that was the whole part of what made me turn vegan. Like the fact I had a football team over in Mexico and I came over and it just doesn’t make sense to support a team over here. You realise football is just nonsense without a team to support, so then you start questioning that then you start questioning authority as well like ‘why is this like this?’ Then one thing leads to another and you start questioning everything.”
Having interviewed a few people on the reasons why they went vegan, I’ve never heard of someone going vegan on a bet, but that was the case for Hooligan.
“I had made a bet with a couple of friends, we were wasted and I said ‘I bet you I could go for a year without drinking’ and they were like, ‘Naah way man! You?!’ and I was like ‘Yeah, I don’t like the way I’m spending my days off’.”
The bet grew with more and more people getting involved, with this added incentive he started researching more on healthy lifestyles.
“I thought to myself, if I’m going to do this I might as well be healthy as well, I was cooking for myself.”
His research was further developed through his reading at the time, including 1984, Animal Farm and some Chomsky, he started to become more aware of different forms of oppression. It was then one afternoon watching YouTube that things really started to click.
“This video popped up and it was Jamie Oliver and he was talking about sugar and feeding kids loads of sugar. He brings this wheelbarrow out full of sugar and says, ‘Tell me this is not abuse!’ and I was like, ‘Holy shit, right ok!’.”
“Then a video popped up on the side and it was the Gary Yourofsky Best Speech Ever, I clicked it, started watching it and I was laughing, to begin with and then half way in I’m totally engaged and I was like, ‘Holy fuck!’ Luckily I only had bread and jam next to me as I watched it. For the next few days, I was just watching everything I could.” This was a real turning point for Hooligan and it made him revaluate his lifestyle, it’s a common experience for people turning vegan.
“It’s something that maybe doesn’t cross your mind, it’s there but until you learn about them I don’t think it really clicks.” “It also opens your mind to other issues that are going on in the world once you decide to go vegan for ethical reasons.”
“You look at stuff in a different way, it’s not the fact that you’re sceptical it’s that you’re more curious about finding out about things.”
As to whether he sees veganism growing, Hooligan thinks it is difficult to gauge however he is positive of where veganism is going.
“I think it’s definitely moving in the right direction and it just makes sense as the right thing to do. I guess I have seen a change and I hope that continues.”
“I think in the future we’re going to look back and say ‘Ah! Those guys were barbaric.’ It’s insane.”
I ask him what does veganism mean to him, he gently proclaims,
“It means a better future.”
If you spend time with Hooligan you soon gather that you’re in the presence of a true gentleman. His enthusiasm for life and his art is inspiring, he’s a true example of someone who believes in his own creativity whilst always striving to improve.