Tell us a little about Club Mongol.
It’s a group of crazy characters who change color and moods, basically each of our subconscious minds. It’s usually in the form art or film. Like back in the day with Alphabet Soup, Coloring Books, Puppets, Clowns, etc. We use all sorts of mediums from paper to film to theatre, church, parties, graffiti – everything is Mongols!
How long have you been doing this?
Club Mongol started in 2005. I graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in visual design and from the French clown school, École Philippe Gaulier. Everything started as a project at the university in 2002 to develop a website with stories and funny characters.
Who started Club Mongol?
I, Fernando Mondragón, am the founder. I love playing with multiple personalities. Many people look for the different people behind the clown, or the artists or the actor, but in fact it’s just me! It’s fun to be unknown, sort of incognito.
How many artists are there working at Club Mongol?
As I mentioned above, it’s just me! But of my characters there’s: Dr. Frenzy Sinister, Ricky Rockaboom, Mr. Popousky, Ferucho, Divi Divine and Glass Gummy. But depending on the event I’ll have clowns, musicians, dancers or DJs. But I’ve collaborated with “Electric Messiah,” The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Afodita, Starla 4400, Dick el Demasiado, the Tarugos, Faca Faca and Mono Mono.
Where do you come up with ideas for your characters ?
From music, dances, jokes, funny behaviors – all of these are key ingredients in developing the performances and characters. Some are also inspired by old cartoons or people I see and music tends to bring out the emotions.
What are some of your plans for this year?
To continue collaborating in projects I come across, usually it’s spontaneous. But I plan on making more jester’s outfits (paper maché) of my characters, more shows, clowns, and finding more characters and musicians to collaborate with!
What do you do for fun.. when your not working?
“Club Mongol” is actually my fun when I’m not working. I enjoy drawing, listening to music, choreographing dances for shows, publishing tracks for the shows, flea market shopping for unusual props and things to use.
What are some of the cool places to hang at night?
Garibaldi, “La Condesa and la Roma”, El Zocalo (historical Center), Polanco and Coyoacán.
Where are the best places to eat in Mexico City? Name a few.
There are so many options depending on where you are, your budget, and the type of food, but the popular thing is the “Vitamin T” = TACOS, TORTAS, TAMALES, TLACOYOS, TOASTS, etc.
Here are the best ones:
El Califa de León
(The Caliph of Leon).
San Cosme 56, San Rafael.
Luis Moya 73, Historical Center; 5521 3060;
Monday to Saturdays of 7 to 20 hours.
Emilio Castelar esq. Ibsen, Polanco; 5280 6449;
Monday to Sundays of 10 to 22 hours.
El Borrego Viudo
The Lamb Widower
Number 2009 – 2009 Revolution esq. Viaduct, Tacubaya;
Monday to Sundays of 12 to 3 hours.
Hostería of Santo Domingo.
Belisario Domínguez 72, Historical Center; 5526 5276; Monday to Sundays of 9 to 22 hours.
I recommend the following page to you Web, a guide of food places and funny night in the city of Mexico:
Sandwich or Burrito?
Waaaaakala! I prefer ¨pambazo!¨ It’s delicious.
We call them “chilangos,” we do not eat “burritos”, it’ a myth.
For that it is the “Vitamin T!”
interview by Adam