Francis Bourgeois has taken over Tiktok with his unique trainspotting videos. The now 22-year-old began creating his trainspotting TikTok videos during the pandemic in England. Within two years Francis has amassed 2.6 Million followers and 51.2 Million likes, and this is incredible how he has managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job. Francis is now a household name when it comes to TikTok.
Francis originally got into trainspotting when he was just four years old, in London. He would watch trains at Willesden Junction railway station and draw them from memory when he got home. Unfortunately, he was mocked by his peers for his love of trainspotting, so he hid his passion for trainspotting away.
Since his success on TikTok people have been quick to criticize him for being inauthentic and ingenious, but he addressed these concerns in a viral Tiktok video.
Due to his popularity on the app, big brands are always reaching out to him to collaborate on a potential TikTok video;
His most recent Ad was with Marks and Spencer (U.K. supermarket), to help them celebrate 30 years of Percy Pig. This video currently has 1.2 Million views and 173K Views.
At the beginning of 2022, he became an ambassador for GB Railfreight, a freight company in the U.K.
Sam Fender a singer-songwriter from the U.K. He invited Francis on stage with him at his sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena. Sam played his biggest hits, whilst having Francis's iconic GoPro strapped to his head. Francis can be seen in the video riding around the stage on his famous scooter. [Click to watch Video]
Back in May Francis got invited to the Miami Grande Prix with lots of A-listers, but it’s safe to say he stole the show. Francis took over social media that weekend, with his funny trackside commentary of the cars whizzing past. Francis even made his way to the F1 paddock, where he met and made videos with the F1 drivers. He even let F1 drivers Lando Norris and Alex Albon wear his famous GoPro. [Click to watch video]
Francis's collaborations don’t stop there; he recently took part in the Gucci x The North Face campaign. When the video was published the whole of the internet was rooting for him. Josh Wilson the Art Director behind the campaign said: “His knowledge and passion for trains is so infectious, he had us captivated by the smells, sights, and noises of the steam engine by the end of the shoot”. Highsnobiety (July 2022)
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