“Being able to see another dude skateboarding with a missing leg with the same way I’m missing my leg, it just spoke volumes to me.”
Oscar Loreto Jr. was born with a congenital birth defect that left him without fully developed hands. He is also missing part of his left leg below the knee. That didn’t stop him from picking up a skateboard. Loreto says he was inspired by photos of Jon Comer, a skateboarder with a prosthetic limb who made it to the pro level. In the new short film “An Ode To Jon Comer,” Lotero describes how he built the confidence to skate around other people without hiding his disability and how he hopes to inspire others the same way Jon Comer inspired him.
By now, you’ve likely seen the super vibey TikTok video of a skater cruising down the streets, nursing a bottle of cranberry juice and vibing out to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams. The 22-second clip is a whole vibe. The carefree energy radiating from the short clip is what we all aspire to achieve in life and seeing @420doggface208 master it all so effortlessly is a pure joy to watch.
Tío TikTok aka Nathan Apodaca is the grown man who’s single-handedly bringing Gen-Z app TikTok, to Millennials. And in doing so, he’s helped bring a bit of positivity into this absolutely chaotic year that is 2020.
Tío TikTok might be a little older than the app’s intended audience, but he still managed to make his content go viral.
Last week, Nathan Apodaca had the whole internet vibing along with him when he uploaded a TikTok skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac while sipping on a giant bottle of cranberry juice.
With 22 million views on TikTok alone, it’s no surprise that ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac — the song Apodaca set his iconic skating video to — has skyrocketed back onto the charts.
Nathan’s original video sparked the so-called “Dreams” challenge on TikTok, which racked up millions of views. His video even helped get him tens of thousands of dollars in donations from strangers all over the country, who wanted to help him fulfill his dream of upgrading his RV.
His latest video has even drawn the attention of Ocean Spray – yes, the juice company.
Tío TikTok’s latest video even gained the attention of Ocean Spray, which helped put a little bit of extra joy into the TikToker’s life. The juice company just gifted Apodaca with a brand new pickup truck, filled with all sorts of Ocean Spray products.
A rep for Ocean Spray rolled up to Tío TikTok’s RV Tuesday in Idaho and the dude who just loves sipping cranberry juice while vibing to “Dreams” was surprised by the generosity.
In the video released by Ocean Spray, Nathan hopped out of his RV to meet the juice guy, who told him the truck and all the juice in its flatbed were all his! The Ocean Spray rep thanked Nathan — as we all do — for keeping the positive vibes going.
And spawned a viral TikTok challenge with thousands of people trying to recreate his vibe.
Apodaca obviously gained the attention of Fleetwood Mac, including the groups lead singer Mick Fleetwood. But Tío TikTok’s video has launched an entire TikTok challenge, with countless recreations of the original skateboard video popping up all over social media.
Between using giant margarita glasses instead of plastic bottles, swapping skateboards for train carts and Heelys, and eating tacos in place of sipping cranberry juice, everyone’s desperate to get on the same level as the Vibe King.
Apodaca was introduced to the app by his Gen Z daughters, and his videos soon went viral.
Tío TikTok was unaware of the popular video-app himself. His daughters, Makyla and Angelia, are the ones who first introduced Apocada’s to the platform. His youngest daughter even helped him film his first video, which quickly went viral. Apodaca confesses that he was stumped as to what to do, or what type of content to publish on his app, but his eldest daughter came to the rescue and suggested he did his usual goofy dances on camera. And just like that, Apodaca turned into a TikTok sensation.
In his video’s he’s usually goofing around at work or high off weed which has made his content recognizable.
In one of his most liked posts, Nathan is seen sitting on a conveyor belt lip-syncing Sublime’s ’90s classic hit ‘Santeria’ at the factory where he works and films most of his videos. The post earned 26.9 thousand likes and received thousands of hilarious comments like “*OSHA has entered the chat*” by @BertoBitch or “The workers that package for WISH…”
Apodaca is the stoner uncle you never knew you needed on social media.
His hashtags regularly include 420, 710, ‘high’ and ‘gogreen’, stoner terms used to celebrate dabs and cannabis concentrates. His song choices, usually pulled from an unpredictably random selection, often celebrate the plant too. @Doggface208 aka Nathan Apodaca loves weed so much that he, ingeniously, linked his PayPal account on his TikTok bio for donations; “Now accepting donations 4 Flower ???? n white Ts PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org” reads his profile description. Whether the account is real or not, we’re not sure, but you’re welcome to send a little donation and let us know.
Skateboarding started as a local pastime in California with just a hand full of people. Now, it is an internationally recognized sport with major competitions taking place around the world. Just like any other sport, athletes are able to make some serious money thanks to endorsements and grand prizes. As the sport grew, so did it’s reach and Latinos began shredding it up like everyone else. Here are 20 Latino who are elevating the game with their own unique styles.
1. Pedro Barros
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Pedro Barros is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to skateboarding. He dominates every competition he participates in and there’s not quetions why. Barros is one of the most fierce competitors taking home first place prizes in several competitions proving his place among the tops skateboarders in the world.
2. Carlos Ribeiro
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Carlos Ribeiro will make all of his competitors feel a little inferior. The skateboarder is always elevating the technicality of his tricks leaving jaws on the floor. He nails his tricks with ease and will only get better from here.
3. Louie Lopez
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Don’t let Louie Lopez’s youth fool you. The young skateboarder is making a name for himself in a field of talented skateboarders. His intensity is known in the skateboarding community and his skills will leave you glued to his performance. He is definitely someone you should be watching if you enjoy skateboarding.
4. Luan Oliveira
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Brazil is creating some of the best talent known in the skateboarding wold. Luan Oliveira is arguably one of the best examples of Brazilian excellence in the sport. Not only does he nail his tricks, his speed will leave you flabbergasted. That’s why he has become one fo the biggest names in the sport.
5. David González
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There is a good reason this man was was named the 2012 Skater of the Year. He is a beast when he is on a board and any video you see on social media about him will prove it. Check him out and you’ll understand the power this man wields on a skateboard.
6. Diego Najera
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Diego Najera’s talent is very obvious. He debuted with an amazing run for Primitive Skateboards and destroyed the competitions as a newbie after that. He has a sense of control on the board that will intimidate any competitor. He is just beginning to grow within the sport and it’s everything.
7. Leticia Bufoni
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Leticia Bufoni is one of the most Instagram loved skateboarders in the world. But don’t let that change your concept of her talent. She is willing to risk injury and spend times in the hospital to push her skills. Oh, she also became the first female event champion of Nike’s Street League Super Crown.
8. Ivan Monteiro
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Ivan Monteiro is what the future of skateboarding looks like. He is young, charismatic and very talented. He is consistenyl in the top ten in all of his competitions and he should definitely be proud.
9. Tiago Lemos
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Tiago Lemos is one of the rawest skateboarders in the sport. His style is so unique and impressive that he has caught the eyes and money of corporate sponsors. Tbh, that’s what all athletes want: to make money doing what they love.
10. Kelvin Hoefler
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Kelvin Hoefler is another skateboarder that doesn’t brag about his skills. Instead, he just let’s his skateboarding skills speak for themselves. Since he broke out into the scene, he has been a fierce and well-known competitor on the skateboarding scene.
11. Carlos Iqui
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Carlos Iqui uses his technical skills to launch full-on assaults against the competition. Iqui’s videos show his masterful take on any trick, flip, or skill known to skateboarders. He is someone who will change the face of skateboarding, for sure.
12. Daniel Cuervo
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Skater Daniel Cuervo is absolutely on fire. He was the first pro skater to come out of the Dominican Republic and now he’s competing amongst the greatest with insanely consistent runs. His style is so effortless he makes skating half-pipes look easy.
13. Nelson Garza
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This skater from throws it down in the streets. Hitting huge handrails and getting tech on ledges is what he does best. After putting together an insane ten-minute part for Converse, its obvious he’s here to make a mark.
14. Jhancarlos Gonzalez
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Jhancarlos Gonzalez turned Colombia into his personal skatepark. From stair sets in shopping centers to huge drops in residential neighborhoods. His effortless style and massive pop makes for some very interesting video parts.
15. Juan Carlos Aliste
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Skateboarder Juan Carlos Aliste continues to build up his name in the skate community with the smoothest style imaginable and incredible catches on every trick. Juan Carlos never has to worry about snapping boards because he always lands bolts.
16. Matias Dell Olio
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Matias Dell Olio went from tearing up the streets of Mar de Plata to riding with Nike. It won’t be long before he starts taking gold amongst the best in the world.
17. Santiago Rodriguez
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Beginning his career in Uruguay, Santiago Rodriguez has developed an unparalleled determination to land the techest tricks in skateboarding. His Transworld part is a great example of his skills. While combining four tricks into one may sound impossible to some, but it’s just another day’s work for Rodriguez.
18. Pamela Rosa
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Pamela Rosa has a fast paced and flawless style. She is amongst the greatest in the world competing in Street League and finishing on the podium at X Games.
19. Eugenia Ginepro
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Hailing from Argentina, Eugenia Ginepro is now making waves all over the world. Nobody can compete when it comes to lines. The only thing greater than her consistency is her footwork when skating vert.
20. Anacleta Rendón
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This skater perfected her style in the streets of Colombia. With effortless flow in vert and the cleanest grinds on any rail or ledge, she is ready to throw down at any spot that gets in her way.