We met up with Bella and Roger at the arcade last week after work and hung out while they played games together, looking beautiful and in love (as they always do). Both are wearing Aquila blouses in floral and vintage Levi's jackets; Bella is wearing the Vela skirt in floral. They've answered some questions below.
What are your signs?
B: I'm a Cap. Rog is a Scorpio. So yeah, we're both terrifying.
How did you meet?
B: Oh ok this is good. So basically, I poached Roger off the internet. We had a ton of mutuals on Instagram, and I thought he was really pretty so I would like, show my friends his picture and be like "Look, this is my new crush. I'm going to get this boy." But I never actually tried to talk to him. I don't like to make the first move. Eventually he messaged me on Halloween. I had a picture of my costume on my story, and it was a pun. He was the only one who got it.
R: I was at a party dressed as Fred Durst, and I was on my phone, and I saw her story dressed in stripes and a beret with a little bread pin and I immediately knew what she was so I was like definitely going to go out of my way to talk to her.
B: When he made that point of contact, he kind of materialized as a real person to me. Like he knew who I was, so it was game on. We messaged back and forth a few times, and I tried to be super obvious about my interest. I had literally no chill, but he was still being too stupid to catch on so finally I was like "I HAVE A FUCKING CRUSH ON YOU" and then he had to ask me out.
R: I remember after our first date I was anxious because I knew it went almost too well, so I was trying to play it cool and act like it was just alright.
B: Except he wasn't cool at all and wanted to get serious instantly, which is basically what happened.
How would you describe your style?
R: It's mostly boxy shirts and basics. I like button ups, but I unbutton them down to the lowest possible one I can get away with. It's like a drummer from a Factory Records band circa 1984.
B: It's kind of soft and boyish. I guess those kind of conflict in a conventional sense, but it's what feels the most comfortable. Like I've got this '90s heartthrob boy chop, and I'm wearing tshirts and menswear half the time, but it's kind of worked into these classic femme silhouettes. I just wanna look futch all the time. Androgyny is so attractive.
What are some traits that you find inspiring in one another?
R: I think it's the multiplicity in the volume of her creative work. The media from food to painting to sculpting has always fascinated me because she's pretty good at anything she touches. It's equally inspiring and infuriating.
B: The longevity of his kindness and his ability to be vulnerable. He's just so fucking nice and generous and selfless, and there's seemingly no end to it. Almost everyday he expresses his thoughts and feelings about me in such a shockingly tender way.
What do you do to stay inspired?
B: Consume. I have to read to write, look at art to make art, research recipes to create new ones, find new photographers to follow on social media to make better pictures. I have to pay attention to everything. Look at everything twice.
R: I'm constantly going in rabbit holes on IG to find artists who artists that I like follow. I also always follow through with listening to at least fifty or so new albums of music per year. I think finding constant new sources of music is huge for my creativity across the board.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
B: That's tough. I have different ones for all of the random things I'm interested in. For my work with food styling and photog I'm really inspired by @miesenplace on Instagram. They're responsible for the creative direction at Sqirl in L.A. For film photography, Lim Jung Hyun. For illustration, Egon Schiele. For ceramics, Nick Wedell.
R: The first people who come to mind are graphic designers and multimedia artists who include Braulio Amado, Felipe Ehrenberg, John Zabawa, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Charles Lutz, etc.
What projects are you working on now?
B: I have a solo show coming up this fall, so I've been trying to create a strong body of work for that. Doing some new illustrations, working on a couple ceramic sculptures, testing out some new mediums for an installation, etc.
R: I've been developing a cocktail menu for work and doing some really responsible R&D for that. The plan is to utilize farm fresh flavors for light afternoon drinks and adding some digestifs in the future. Time willing, of course.
What are some of your favorite places to spend time at in Phoenix?
B: I mean, it's a cop out because I work there, but I like Futuro the best for coffee. For food I like Glai Baan, Nelson's, this little hole-in-the-wall family owned Mexican spot called Adrian's #2.
R: Our house. After that and the other restaurants she mentioned, Valley Bar and Welcome Diner come to mind as places I can get a cocktail or cheap beer depending on the week.
What was the last good book you read? Do you have a favorite quote from it?
B: I've read several good books since this one, but I think I have been the most affected by "No One Belongs Here More Than You" by Miranda July. I can't quote anything from it, but it's a book of short stories, my favorite of which is "Something That Needs Nothing."
R: I'm more of a poetry book and online article kind of guy as far as my reading habits go. The last poetry book I started was Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire.
What is one thing you did this past year that you’re most proud of?
B: I organized a fundraiser for RAICES Texas to benefit immigrant families at the border, and the bulk of the money raised was from my own personal art sales. That really meant a lot to me.
R: I roped Bella in. I don't know how I did it but I'm pretty proud.
What is one interesting trait you’d share about one another?
B: Roger has to have like four different beverages a day. He's like maximumly bevved up at all times.
R: Bella has to check social media on her phone for about ten minutes between her first shower of the day and putting on make up. It's like clockwork.
What are you most looking forward to in the next five years?
B: Just creating more, I hope. Hopefully in a different city. We're hoping to outgrow Phoenix sometime soon haha.
R: Following through with more promises I've kept to myself. I think changing scenery is a step for us together and individually and from there who knows.