For them to be able to use my art is just a small thing for a group that saves so many lives. When I was younger, I was reading a tattoo magazine; they had interviewed the cover girl and she said she was vegan.
I thought, ‘Fantastic!’ and then she went on to say, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not one of those preachy vegans, I believe in personal choice for how you live your life’.
That always stuck with me as a real let down. We live in a time when our species imprisons, abuses and murders other species – now is not the time to be apologetic.
I applaud the non-apologetic vegans. We may not be popular. People may (and do) ghost us – but we recognise that some things are more important than being the one other people like at the office party.
So, in a way, this interview is also a form of activism – so, hi! I’m Mort, and I am one of those preachy vegans. I truly believe that we live in the time of great awakening. When I first started living cruelty-free 12 years ago, times and people were so different.
If you listen to the news, you’d be forgiven for thinking we are living in hopeless, divisive times but I think that is not true at all – there has never been a more exciting time to be alive, not only to witness the world changing for the better to be more inclusive and compassionate but to also, ourselves. Be a driver of that change.