Beloved Fleetwood Mac Skateboarder Reflects on Viral Fame

Less than two weeks in the past, the usage of the phrases cranberry juice, skateboarding and Fleetwood Mac in the similar sentence would possibly have simplest appeared conceivable in a sport of Mad Libs. However due to Nathan Apodaca, or as he’s identified on TikTok, 420doggface208, they’re now synonymous with one of the vital very best viral movies of 2020.

The Sept. 25 clip—which has racked up over 35 million perspectives on TikTok by myself—options Apodaca filming himself leisurely skateboarding down a freeway whilst sipping Ocean Spray cran-raspberry juice directly from the bottle and lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s vintage 1977 tune “Desires.” (The tune has since captured its biggest streaming week ever and shot to No. 1 on iTunes.)

There are not any particular results or hidden messages within the video. It’s merely a learn about in “just right vibes simplest.” However so far as Apodaca’s involved, that’s the rationale it’s resonated so strongly with folks.

“It’s a time on the earth at this time the place everyone wishes a destroy from the whole lot that’s happening,” he says. “This video took them to a spot the place they might watch one thing and simply relax and vibe out.”

When he posted the TikTok—which he filmed in a single take—on his solution to paintings at Circle Valley Produce, a potato processing plant in Idaho Falls, Idaho, that Friday morning, Apodaca had no thought how a lot sharing his just right vibes with the sector would finally end up converting his lifestyles. Actually, he says he virtually didn’t submit the video in any respect.

“I used to be on the point of submit however then I didn’t suppose I used to be going rapid sufficient [in it],” he says. “[I thought] everyone used to be going to snort at me and be like, ‘Oh glance, he’s scared to head rapid.’ However then I favored how it appeared. It used to be easy. So I used to be like, I would possibly as smartly simply submit it and spot what occurs in an hour or two.”

Via the tip of the paintings day, Apodaca says the video had already damaged 1,000,000 perspectives—a mark hit a long way, a long way sooner than any of his earlier movies. Nevertheless it wasn’t till he began to get messages from his mother and aunts pronouncing they’d noticed it that he knew he in reality had a success on his fingers. “Once I began getting notifications from my mother and everyone, I used to be like, ‘OK…what’s happening right here?’” he says. “It used to be loopy.”

Within the days since, Apodaca’s video has impressed others, together with Mick Fleetwood, the rock band’s eponymous co-founder, to participate within the newly-minted “Desires” Problem by means of recreating the long-lasting clip.

“When Mick did it, that used to be insane. My mother used to be like, ‘Have you learnt who he’s? Do you recognize what simply came about?’” says Apodaca, noting that he used to be indoctrinated into the Fleetwood fandom at an early age. “[My mom and aunts] are past fans. They’re those who presented me to them rising up.”


However viral popularity has altered Apodaca’s lifestyles in ways in which transcend on-line notoriety and being known at his native Walmart. Due to Venmo, PayPal and Cash App donations from his fanatics, or as he calls them, his “infantrymen,” Apodaca has won over $20,000 in contemporary weeks.

“The absolute best donation used to be $200,” he says. “I used to be like, how can someone be sitting at house and simply say, ‘I’m going to throw this dude $200,’ you recognize? Sooner than, I might’ve needed to paintings on the warehouse for 3 or 4 days for that. So it’s a blessing. I thank everyone for that. I imply, there are not any phrases.”

His merch line, which he began on his personal previous to any of this, could also be incomes him some more cash. “The great factor is that I don’t must make [the merch] anymore. I’d been making my very own beanies,” he says. “I purchased an embroidery device and were given a four-hour instructional from [my girlfriend’s] niece on how you can use it…The following day, I were given some just right high quality beanies, discovered the device and began pushing the ones myself.”

After giving his mother $5,000 and purchasing his dad a truck, Apodaca, who’s been residing in an RV in his brother’s entrance backyard, is now having a look to make a down fee on a space. “I’m speaking to an Idaho realtor,” he says. “He’s doing his very best to get me into a spot.”

On Tuesday, Ocean Spray additionally proficient Apodaca with a brand new truck of his personal (the mattress of which used to be crammed along with his favourite juice) to switch the unreliable trip that pressured him to skateboard to paintings within the first position.

“Every now and then my automobile simply shuts off if I flip or hit the gasoline a undeniable manner after which it received’t get started until I am getting a soar,” he says. [The morning I filmed the video], it went out and I used to be like, I’m no longer going to sit down right here and wait to flag someone down. So I grabbed my board—I all the time have it with me within the automobile simply in case—and my juice and I began heading to paintings.”

Taking a look forward, Apodaca says he’s simply excited to peer what alternatives the following yr brings—whether or not that implies “stress-free and chilling” or potentially collaborating with Travis Scott.

“I’m hoping for just right issues,” he says. “I’ve by no means even been on a aircraft. So it’s an exhilarating journey, and I’m simply in a position to head.”

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