Urban Tagging

The term Tagging emerged in the 90’s as a result of urban graffiti. Most common in America and Europe a “tag” is simply a graffiti artists individual signature. Tagging is by far the most common use of Graffiti and was the starting point of the acceleration of urban street art worldwide.
Respected street artists still ‘tag’ their work. A tag can be a simple signature or a complex logo used as a way of signing your name anonymously. Sometimes people use random words or symbols instead of signing their name. These symbols are recognisable to graffiti artists and are used to mark territory.

Tagging at Camden Town Underground Station

By R Stones at geograph.org.uk

Respected street artists still ‘tag’ their work. A tag can be a simple signature or a complex log used as a way of signing your name anonymously. Sometimes people use random words or symbols instead of signing their name. These symbols are recognisable to graffiti artists and are used to mark territory. Tagging is competitive with other graffiti artists covering anothers tag within 5 minutes. This became known as “capping” and often is done when there is a grudge or ‘beef’ between graffiti artists.
Tags can contain subtle and sometimes cryptic messages, and may incorporate the artist’s gang initials or other letters.

Photo by R Stones at geograph.org.uk

By R Stones at geograph.org.uk

Why not create your own online tag at Graffiti creator. A fun way for everybody to create their very own urban tag.