Here's What's Next For The Star Of That Viral Fleetwood Mac Skateboarding TikTok Clip
Life has been a "dream" for Nathan Apodaca lately.
Unless you're one of the 45 million people who saw the video of Apodaca skateboarding through his home state of Idaho while drinking Ocean Spray Cran raspberry juice ("This is my drink, I always drink it straight," he said HuffPost) straight from the bottle while Fleetwood Macs plays "Dreams", go ahead and let the cool vibes flood you now.
Morning mood # 420souljahz #ec #feelinggood # h2o # cloud9 #happyhippie #worldpeace #king #peaceup #merch #tacos #waterislife #high #morning # 710 # cloud9
♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) - Fleetwood Mac
After going viral, Apodaca, or @ 420doggface208 as he is known on TikTok, has amassed a whopping 3.5 million followers and received a new truck from Ocean Spray (his old truck broke down last month and got him on jumping his board and shooting the video) and had a virtual meeting with Mick Fleetwood himself. He suddenly needed a nap too.
"I thought the work was hard," he laughed to HuffPost last week. "I'm a manual worker, I could work 12-16 hours a day, Monday through Friday, with no sweat. Now it's interview after interview. It happened so quickly. I have Cloud9 to help you with this. It's just plain cold. It's nothing that I can't handle - I just ride this train and enjoy it. "
Without a doubt, Apodaca's life has changed "dramatically," as he puts it, since the end of September. And like many of the best, most viral ideas, this one came quite organically.
"When I make a video, the first thing I see it in my head or feel the vibe," he said. “When I saw 'Dreams' appear on my playlist, it just spoke to me. I got to the top of this hill and it was the perfect time just to explore the coast. I thought to myself, "I don't have to leave my juice behind, I'll take it off in one fell swoop." And it worked out for the best. "
"The best" is an understatement. It soon gained national attention, boosting sales and streams for a song that originally topped the charts more than 40 years ago, thus grabbing the band's attention (Fleetwood filmed its own version, which you can see here) and the juice brand . Ocean Spray delivered the new truck home to Apodaca between interviews.
"My daughter helped keep my agenda and I asked her if I could lie down for a minute to relax because I was having a break in the interviews," he said. “Almost as soon as she left, she came back and said someone was there for me. I opened the door and saw some cameramen and the truck and thought, "Okay, cool, they brought me some ocean sprays." I thought the truck was theirs. "
Thanks for the new Ocean Spray bikes! ?. @ tomhayes603 #oceanspray
♬ original sound - doggface208
The video came at a time when most people needed a bit of zen, something Apodaca is well acquainted with. His advice to anyone trying to hit their chill level? "Just relax," he said. “It took me 22 seconds to make this video. Just take a little time to relax, center yourself, make yourself happy, and think about yourself. Once you have that in, you can bring it out into the world. "
The question that everyone is asking, of course, is: what's next?
"I'm talking to someone in California about a strain of [marijuana] by my name," he said. "I've always been involved in this world. I have a brother who owns a farm, Dr. Herb Healer who works on it - and I have merch available too."
Sounds like a crystal vision to us.
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