And they like to dress up in rubber.
Specifically, they have a fetish for latex encasement. As their shiny alter egos, shes Raquel, hes Giovanna but most people call them the rubber couple. They dress head to toe in custom-made, extremely expensive latex accoutrements (their designer of choice is Demask: www.demask.com) and venture forth into the wildlife of Detroit nightclubs. They own and operate the Web site wearelatex.com, and produce a monthly fetish fashion party at Diesel. Over the years theyve collected hundreds of pieces of latex clothing and accessories, in gleaming shades of red and black.
And theyre really nice. Extremely down-to-earth. Excellent taste in red wine. They drive a shiny black SUV, the gleam of which poetically complements their thick rubber facemasks.
Theyre also not into S&M or pornography their interest in latex is purely aesthetic. And, as they say on their Web site, We are often performing everyday activities at home completely encased in latex.
Vacuuming in a rubber gas mask? Doing the dishes in a latex corset? The mental imagery is at once surreal, bizarre and charming.
Given the festiveness of the couples scarlet garb, Metro Times began wondering what Christmas with the rubber couple might look like. This is what we came up with.
Raquel and Giovannas Fetish Bash takes place at Diesel (11425 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck) the third Friday of every month. Their Web site is wearelatex.com.
Sarah Klein is culture editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org