1. What differences do you see culturally in terms of love/sex/dating in Brazil vs the United States?
(Priscila): We both have different opinions because we come from different countries, Pablo is European and I am Brazilian. I think the Europeans are more caring and attentive compared to Brazilians. Relationship culture in Brazil deals with a lot of obsession and possession. Women in Brazil must always be submissive while also being the queen of everything. I found it interesting when he wanted a relationship with me despite the famous reputation that women in Brazil have all over the world hahaha.
(Pablo) I grew up in a culture where women are very conservative and love to judge what they do not understand; what is beyond their understanding. Brazilian people are much more open. I think the USA is quite similar to Brazil in many ways. I’ve never been to the states but I am very attentive to everything and love American culture. I think the states are very similar to Brazil in various cultural aspects but each in their own way. We agree that regardless of what country you’re from, each relationship is unique and something personal that varies within each couple.
2. Does your relationship/sexuality inspire you artistically? In what ways?
(Pablo): I think everything about our relationship inspires me. The fact that I’m living in Brazil is like living a totally different reality because Portugal and Brazil are distinctive realities in themselves. As far as influence goes, we are unusually creative, always coming up with ideas and plans and dreams together. Prisicila and I fuck a lot, so of course that helps the flow f ideas haha.
(Priscila): I think what attracted us was all of the many things we have in common; creative ideas and plans. We always ask each other what we independently think and we both show our beliefs in all that we do individually. I think it’s a healthy creative union that goes beyond sex... but we also desire each other immensely and crazy ideas are always inspired at the end of our sex.
3. What are your favorite ways to express yourself? The things that brings out the favorite qualities of yourself?
(Priscila): Dating the Pablo inspired me a lot to draw because he spends most of the time doing it. He also takes many analog photos and likes tattooing. It relaxes me and stirs my creativity watching him do what he’s passionate about.
(Pablo): I have painted graffiti since 1999 and it’s what I have always done naturally in my life. I believe it’s very positive to date a person who is also interested in drawing, graffiti, and photography. I think we influence each other organically.
4. Describe the beginning of your relationship. Where did you meet? How did you two come together? What are your favorite qualities about each other?
(Pablo): We met on Instagram actually (lol) and we started exchanging several posts on Instagram and started talking directly. We only thought and dreamed of being with each other, as our lives were boring and with so much potential and so many dreams unlived. We became fascinated with this idea, until the Pri earned good money advertising and said "I’m coming to Portugal!" My life was fucked in fact - I'm not that kind of normal person with a regular job and a happy family or anything - and then the Pri came to Lisbon where I lived at the time. We stayed with each other for a week and then she came back to São Paulo and I stayed in Lisbon. Then Pri asked me to come live in Brazil and I agreed. I packed 2 bags and moved to Brazil to live with her :) There are many aspects of the universe that joined us and sometimes I think it has a little magic touch. :)
(Priscila): Instagram, explorer, had friends in common but we did not know and we never talked but somehow we had a lot in common and the photos we shared expressed this affinity... Then we started talking and I fell in love to the point where I left Brazil to stay with him a few days in Lisbon. It was a total virtual relationship and the distance made it harder for me. There is jealousy with distance involved, but it was pretty amazing when he came to Brazil to literally stay with me. This is not the best place to be living and soon we intend to continue our projects in other countries.
. Is São Paulo a nurturing city in terms of supporting the arts and lovers? Who is she (São Paulo)?
(Priscila): I have never received a tremendous amount of support here. None of my projects became professional here in São Paulo; much of my Instagram public is in Brazil, but there are few who know and support me my projects. São Paulo is apparently not very open to cultural ideas - it does have its opportunities but it is not as easy as it sounds.
(Pablo): In São Paulo have no support in anything, like I had in Lisbon and Portugal. I think the minds of people in Portugal do not understand me. Outside our countries people give us way more value than the in our own country, at least with Portugal it is so... and in Brazil the country's situation is difficult, so coming up with profitable ideas here is strenuous. Our plan is to create more projects to see if we can travel to countries to meet people with similar ideas who see us, positively, and want to paint, tattoo, take pictures, etc. The internet results in a realm full of fucking ideas and that's just it, we want to spread our magic the world and get money.
6. What does your love (specifically between you two) mean to you and how would you describe your intimacy?
(Priscila): We discussed topics like any couple. We do not agree on many things but agree on others. Relationships are not easy but it is the affinity that we find what we like each other. We have faults that we dislike in each other but we are also passionate about the things in common and our relationship has brought us so much good since we decided to move in together and conjoin our personal tastes.
(Pablo): That's a difficult question... We have different musical tastes, many different interests, different cultures, and very strong personalities, but similar principles at the end of the day. It is normal that there are clashes between us, discussions, we are human. There is no perfection in humanity but general practices say that we are the ying yang; we are very complete together, we are stronger together than apart and ultimately really in love.
7. How do you feel about gender roles in relationships? Do they exist anymore?
(Pablo): I think when two people commit to dating each other they accept some kind of "agreement" where there are rules set by the couple (it depends on each couple) and some couples are more open-minded than others. We're a couple like any other and just do things our way without much thought. We know what we like and we are just ourselves.
(Priscila): Every relationship has its internal labels and things agreed on for the good of the relationship and life together. We do things our way and the way we think is best for our intimacy. Labels are not legitimate if they are disturbing the conviviality within the relationship; things have to flow naturally to that right.
8. What is a modern relationship, or what can it be? How do you navigate the highs and lows of long-term love?
(Priscila): A modern relationship is one that has the freedom to live our own life beyond the relationship, but still have plans together and share even the most mundane things. Even the best relationships have trouble and we have to have discussions because in real life there are real problems (accounts, need to eat, lack of money, etc.) Then to define what a modern relationship is to share the difficulties without giving up the chance to be happy - always walking side by side even if you only have bread to share. Pablo is with me in good and bad times and we have struggled through the ups and downs of life; it hasn’t reached the point of affecting our love for each other.
(Pablo): I don’t really know how to answer that. I think the perfect couples are those who have dreams in sets and make plans together - at least that's what I idealize. The current ideal relationship for me is to have zero taboo when you enter into it, dream together and not limit each other because you only live once.
9. Both of you give off a radiant presence that I'm sure attracts a lot of online and real-life admirers. How do you deal with this admiration in terms of it impacting your relationship? Is there ever any jealousy? How do you move beyond that?
(Priscila): Many people are attracted to us because we are a "fluffy" couple and apparently super special. Envy does exist when people approach us with ulterior motives, but we are adults and we try to take the positive part of always having people curious about our personal life. We even have people (girls) who send me messages asking if they can have a night of sex with us. I find it curious that whole situation hahaha.
(Pablo): Until a few years ago I did not put my face on the Internet. It was much derived from the "rules" that exist but I always felt repressed, so I started to do things my way. I can say with certainty that in Portugal there is no Instagram like mine. With this kind of outlook it is hard to see envy, but there are also many people who send positive energy. I think we do what many people would like to do but do not for fear judgment and societal standards. We just do things our way.
10. Do you have any advice for the readers about love, sex, or dating in general? Especially when it comes to maintaining a happy, healthy relationship?
(Priscila): About relationships and sex in general I’d say to always seek out and achieve their desires and fetishes. Relationships need to have new things always to not fall into a routine. Sex has to be an open issue between you and your partner - what you are willing to carry out, the will of the person you date coinciding with your desires too; all with great respect in regards to the limits of one another.
(Pablo): I agree with Pri. The universe controls everything and never stop dreaming together.
(Priscilla): (to Pablo) My love, today is Valentine's Day and in a few days you will leave Brazil. Unfortunately we have our endless fights and have said horrible things to each other, but I love you and ask your forgiveness if I messed up. I love you and did the impossible to get our relationship right and be together and now seeing you go will be horrible :( I just want to be happy with you. I wish all our problems would disappear because we are always yin and yang. I’m sorry for all the horrible things I told you. My intention was never to hurt you. I do not want you to leave. Happy Valentine's Day.
INTERVIEW BY SHELBY SELLS