‘Everybody Needs a Break.’ Fleetwood Mac Skateboarder Reflects on His Viral Fame and Helping People Chill Out for a Bit

‘Everyone Wants a Break.’ Fleetwood Mac Skateboarder Displays on His Viral Fame and Serving to Individuals Chill Out for a Bit


Lower than two weeks in the past, utilizing the phrases cranberry juice, skateboarding and Fleetwood Mac in the identical sentence might need solely appeared doable in a recreation of Mad Libs. However because of Nathan Apodaca, or as he’s identified on TikTok, 420doggface208, they’re now synonymous with probably the greatest viral movies of 2020.

The Sept. 25 clip—which has racked up over 35 million views on TikTok alone—options Apodaca filming himself leisurely skateboarding down a freeway whereas sipping Ocean Spray cran-raspberry juice straight from the bottle and lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s basic 1977 tune “Goals.” (The tune has since captured its largest streaming week ever and shot to No. 1 on iTunes.)

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There are not any particular results or hidden messages within the video. It’s merely a examine in “good vibes solely.” However so far as Apodaca’s involved, that’s the explanation it’s resonated so strongly with individuals.

“It’s a time on this planet proper now the place all people wants a break from every part that’s occurring,” he says. “This video took them to a spot the place they may watch one thing and simply chill and vibe out.”

When he posted the TikTok—which he filmed in a single take—on his solution to work at Circle Valley Produce, a potato processing plant in Idaho Falls, Idaho, that Friday morning, Apodaca had no thought how a lot sharing his good vibes with the world would find yourself altering his life. In reality, he says he nearly didn’t put up the video in any respect.

“I used to be on the point of put up however then I didn’t assume I used to be going quick sufficient [in it],” he says. “[I thought] all people was going to snicker at me and be like, ‘Oh look, he’s scared to go quick.’ However then I appreciated the best way it regarded. It was clean. So I used to be like, I would as effectively simply put up it and see what occurs in an hour or two.”

By the tip of the work day, Apodaca says the video had already damaged a million views—a mark hit far, far faster than any of his earlier movies. But it surely wasn’t till he began to get messages from his mother and aunts saying that they had seen it that he knew he actually had successful on his arms. “Once I began getting notifications from my mother and all people, I used to be like, ‘OK…what’s occurring right here?’” he says. “It was 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 “Goals” Problem by recreating the enduring clip.

“When Mick did it, that was insane. My mother was like, ‘Are you aware who he’s? Do you notice what simply occurred?’” says Apodaca, noting that he was indoctrinated into the Fleetwood fandom at an early age. “[My mom and aunts] are past fanatics. They’re those who launched me to them rising up.”

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However viral fame has altered Apodaca’s life in ways in which transcend on-line notoriety and being acknowledged at his native Walmart. Because of Venmo, PayPal and Money App donations from his followers, or as he calls them, his “troopers,” Apodaca has acquired over $20,000 in current weeks.

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

His merch line, which he began on his personal previous to any of this, can also be incomes him some further money. “The great factor is that I don’t need to make [the merch] anymore. I’d been making my very own beanies,” he says. “I purchased an embroidery machine and bought a four-hour tutorial from [my girlfriend’s] niece on the best way to use it…The following day, I bought some good high quality beanies, discovered the machine and began pushing these myself.”

After giving his mother $5,000 and shopping for his dad a truck, Apodaca, who’s been dwelling in an RV in his brother’s entrance yard, is now trying to make a down cost on a home. “I’m speaking to an Idaho realtor,” he says. “He’s doing his finest to get me into a spot.”

On Tuesday, Ocean Spray additionally gifted Apodaca with a brand new truck of his personal (the mattress of which was stuffed together with his favourite juice) to switch the unreliable trip that compelled him to skateboard to work within the first place.

“Generally my automobile simply shuts off if I flip or hit the fuel a sure approach after which it received’t begin except I get a soar,” he says. [The morning I filmed the video], it went out and I used to be like, I’m not going to take a seat right here and wait to flag any individual 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 work.”

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Wanting forward, Apodaca says he’s simply excited to see what alternatives the following yr brings—whether or not which means “enjoyable and chilling” or probably collaborating with Travis Scott.

“I’m hoping for good issues,” he says. “I’ve by no means even been on a airplane. So it’s an thrilling journey, and I’m simply able to go.”