Jackie told us that he downloaded TikTok around the end of last year and posted a bunch of videos, but none of them ever became too popular. “Since quarantine started, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for different TikTok videos that I knew people would like. I thought people would like the Easter Eggs on the Jeep because I knew that I was not the only person that had a Jeep, but I am also not the only person that didn’t know about the Easter Eggs. So yes, I thought people would like it but, no, I would’ve never thought it would blow up the way it did.”
According to Jackie, since his video went viral, he’s had family and friends reach out to him and tell him they’ve watched it. “I’ve even had people that I haven’t talked to in years message me and say, ‘My friend showed me your TikTok and I was like I went to high school with him!’ It’s just so crazy because you don’t realize how many people are actually seeing the video until you have people contacting you about it!” he said.
Jackie revealed a bit more about himself: “I am 20 years old and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I come from a very large family with 6 sisters and 4 brothers. Some things that I have always loved to do is run, travel, learn about different cultures, and meet other people. Most recently, I have become more involved in social media, networking, and I hope to become more involved in it in the near future.”
Of course, there are plenty of car enthusiasts out there who were aware of Jeep Easter eggs, but we’re glad that more people are finding out about this fun bit of auto-lore.
Joel Feder explains in a piece on Motor Authority when Jeep started putting various awesome Easter eggs into their cars. The person behind the first hidden secrets is Michael Santoro who worked on the 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ.
Here’s a video that goes into detail about Jeep Easter eggs
He had a limited budget of 150 million dollars to redesign the new Jeep and according to him, back in the ‘90s that sort of budget was “like coffee money.” So he wanted to make something iconic and leave his mark with the limited funds that he had.
“Jeep owns that seven grille bar theme. And if you look at the cowl of the Wrangler, I repeated that pattern in the cowl to let air into the interior of the car,” Santoro said. That was the very first Jeep Easter egg and others, including the animal and symbol imprints, have popped up ever since!