- Brazilian influencer Rodrigo América said he had Elon Musk’s name tattooed on his forehead.
- América said he was trying to get Musk’s attention so he could ask to be involved in a space mission.
- The influencer told Insider that he is deeply interested in space and extraterrestrial life.
A Brazilian influencer named Rodrigo América said he tattooed Elon Musk’s name on his forehead in an attempt to get the billionaire’s attention and convince him to take him on a space expedition.
América, who has 493,000 Instagram followers and hails from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is known for dressing up and playing the role of Marvel superhero Captain America.
He first shared a tattoo post on Oct. 29, in which América can be seen laying down while a man appears to tattoo his forehead. The clip then cuts to show the influencer with a damp paper towel on his forehead, which is removed to reveal the words “Elon Musk”, alongside an illustration of a rocket ship.
“Do you know Elon Musk? a caption under the post, which was written in Portuguese, said.
América has since posted several videos and photos of his face, with captions like “Elon Musk, do you know Rodrigo América?” and “Love you Elon Musk”, written in a mixture of Portuguese and English text.
Commenters under his posts expressed shock at the images. Some seemed skeptical of the tattoo, with one person writing, “Is it serious? and others typing laughing emojis in the comments section. América told Insider the tattoo was real and he had it done on Oct. 28.
The influencer said he frequently posts about it to ‘get the billionaire’s attention’, in hopes he can ask Musk to go on a space exploration trip to Mars with the US aerospace company SpaceX, founded by Musk in 2002.
“I believe it works,” América told Insider, describing the attention he’s received from Instagram commenters online and his hope that Musk can meet him online as well.
Musk previously said he wanted to spend as much money as possible on colonizing Mars and predicted that humans could visit the planet by 2029. In 2020, Musk said he hoped to build 1,000 spacecraft of SpaceX over a 10-year period. to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050.
Speaking in an interview with Brazilian outlet BHAZ, América described Musk as an “inspiration”, adding: “What he’s doing, what he’s going to do, take human beings to Mars, his name will live on. ‘story.”
The influencer told the outlet that he has 10 alien tattoos on his body, adding in a statement to Insider that he has a deep interest in outer space research and the possibility of life on other planets.
Elon Musk – who owns SpaceX, as well as car company Tesla – recently came under heavy criticism for triggering mass layoffs at social media company Twitter, after becoming the platform’s CEO on 27 October, and for implementing a “hardcore” work mission encouraging staff to work “long hours at high intensity” to meet their vision for the company.
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