When Brazilian Rafael Mirim got a new tattoo in summer 2018, he just could not wait to show the artwork off to his younger sibling, Erick. However, although the needlework had a very special significance for both brothers, Erick did not have an inkling about the new inking. And luckily for us, the indelible moment when the little brother came face to face with Rafael’s tat was caught on camera.
Sheila Soares lives in Brazil’s second-biggest city, Rio de Janeiro, and judging by the contents of her Facebook page her family mean everything to her. So it must come as a continual source of comfort and pride that two of her sons – Rafael and Erick Mirim – share a very close bond indeed.
In fact, the pair enjoy such a special connection that in late July 2018 Rafael decided he would pay artistic tribute to their fraternal relationship. He decided to get a tattoo on his arm in tribute to Erick – who happens to have Down syndrome. Rafael’s subsequent plan was to surprise his unsuspecting sibling by unveiling his new inking, while he recorded Erick’s reaction for posterity.