In a revelation that should surprise nobody, it turns out that extremely chill TikTok star Nathan Apodaca—who went viral for a video that showcased him cruising down the interstate while skateboarding, sipping Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice, and jamming to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams—is a huge cannabis enthusiast.
“I’ve been smoking since I was 11 years old!” the 37-year-old father of two says during a phone interview. “It’s a huge part of my life.”
Apodaca, who lives in Idaho Falls, ID, works at a potato processing factory. He was on his way to work on September 25 when his truck broke down, so he decided to skate to work, instead. He already had a popular TikTok account for some time in collaboration with his daughter, Makyla, who has urged him to continue posting dancing and lip-synching videos. Apodaca almost didn’t post this particular video— “I didn’t think it would hit, it was just at the top of my playlist” he says—but right before clocking in for his shift, he decided to post it anyway.
The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, this particular video has racked up over 11 million views, catapulted Dreams to the top of the Billboard charts 43 years after its initial release, netted Apodaca a truck and other gifts, and provided a mental salve to a nation reeling from a many-months-long pandemic along with electoral and economic upheaval. In other words, Apodaca provided the internet with a much-needed vibe check.
So, it isn’t surprising to hear that Apodaca loves weed and has big plans in the space.
“I’m a huge supporter of legalization,” Apodaca, who lives in Idaho Falls, ID, says during a phone interview. “Yes, absolutely, I believe in it. America was green before people came in and told you what you can smoke or not, you know what I mean? Nowadays, thanks to that, people are hooked on anything but life.”
Earlier in the pandemic, Apodaca had been making knitted beanies, which had featured slogans that align with his personal life philosophies, some of which are political in nature. He has since outsourced the operation, and though production is currently on hold, he expects to be able to ship them again soon. Some key slogans include, “Blazin 4 1 Nation,” which is an ode to cannabis legalization; “420 Souljahz,” which to Apodaca combines the soulfulness of cannabis smoking with the Rastafari moniker for god, Jah; and one that he hopes to produce for the first time that says, “Make America Green Again.”
Apodaca declined to say exactly where he gets his personal stash from, seeing as he lives in a state where cannabis is still illegal, but Apodaca notes that Idaho is “surrounded by legal states, so, its freedom, you know?”
As for his preferred ingestion methods, Apodaca is largely a glass guy. Blunts aren’t for him, he says, because he doesn’t like tobacco. He also likes joints, but notes that, since COVID, he has given up on puff-puff-pass with anyone outside his immediate family. “Everyone just brings their own pieces now,” he says.
He also has a glass collection of his own, which he said is growing by the minute, thanks to companies gifting him samples in the wake of his newfound internet fame. His particular favorite are two glass bongs he received from the California cannabis company Stiiizy as well as a Gear Platnium Sidekick bong.
Apodaca is a music fanatic, which he credits as the main inspiration behind his TikTok account. He likes all kinds of genres but has a particular love for rap/hip-hop and classic rock. His own nickname and TikTok moniker, Doggface, is a throwback to rapper Nate Dogg. Fleetwood Mac is always on his list, he says, but when he’s smoking? Playlist staples include “anything Cypress Hill and Bone Thugz,” he says.
Next up for Apodaca are a number of exciting things, including straightening out his credit and, hopefully soon, buying a house. Also on the horizon? White-labeling a cannabis strain in California. “We’re in talks with a number of companies to come out with a special strain that’s named for me,” he says. His publicist declined to confirm which companies, in particular, they are talking to, saying, “[We] want to make sure we get it right the first time. So we’re just doing our due diligence and making sure it’s best for Nathan.”