In the midst of this pandemic and when the news is overwhelmingly negative Nathan Apodaca’s TikTok video of him skateboarding while drinking juice was the positive vibes people needed. In the clip he was drinking Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice while lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams” which gave both the song and the drink a boost and has received nearly 30 million views since Sept. 25. As a result of the viral exposure Ocean Spray gifted Apodaca a brand new cranberry red truck.
On Tuesday the 37-year-old from Idaho Falls received a 2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X full of Ocean Spray from the company. “I was given an awesome surprise yesterday,” Apodaca – who goes by @420doggface208 on TikTok – said in a statement. “It’s been a wild ride for sure and I feel humbled to be putting out these good vibes for everyone right now.”
He received over $20,000 in donations, according to Idaho Fall’s Post Register and he gave $5,000 to his mom, bought his dad a truck and planned to buy a new RV (he currently lives in a trailer) and upgrade his car after his battery died. The lack of a functioning car is what led him to film the video in the first place as he got on skateboard on a highway in Idaho. After receiving the truck he thanked Nissan and Ocean Spray and posted a video driving while listening to the track and sipping his favorite Ocean Spray juice.
Thanks for the new wheels ocean spray! 🙏. @tomhayes603 #oceanspray
The half-Mexican half-Indian father of two daughters is no stranger to social media trends posting a video of him and his daughters taking on a dance challenge. He shared with the Post Register that he drinks about a jug of Ocean Spray almost daily and that he and his daughter Makyla argue over which flavor is best. “It’s always gotta be cran-raspberry. Not cran-pomegranate or anything. Me and my daughter have fights over that. It’s just that tartness; that sweetness,” he said.
Apodaca is clearly enjoying the literal fruits of his posts and is taking a break from working at a potato warehouse until his newfound fame begins to wane he told the Post Register. He also told the publication he learned how to use a sewing machine to make his own merchandise in order to make money on TikTok as his following grew before he hit it big.
This outpouring of gifts and gratitude is a testament to la buena onda he put out that’s much needed at this time.