Gender: The large majority of taggers are male, with females most often associated to Bubble gum graffiti and more interested in having their name involved in the graffiti.
Age: For tagging the age ranges are 10‐24 years. Most taggers get their beginning from school exposure to the sub‐culture and will tag their school before tagging other locations as they develop; those in their 20’s are often a developed tagger preferring rail cars and walls that offer a canvas for their work.
Background: Taggers generally do not reflect any specific socio‐economic or racial background but most Hip Hop taggers are from Middle to Upper class families. They will usually be linked with skateboarding, BMX biking, marijuana and Hip Hop Music.
How to spot a tagger:
a. Clothing is baggie and loose. Baggie sweatshirts with hoods and baseball hats often covered in paint.
b. Pants with pockets for felt markers.
c. Backpack full of spray paints and graffiti tools.
d. Out late at night and early morning. Taggers work mostly under cover of darkness, dusk to dawn.
e. Graffiti / Doodling on personal items, school books, skateboards, under brim of their baseball hat, etc.
f. Graffiti and Hip Hop posters up in their room and reads graffiti magazines.
g. Have a wide variation of markers for graffiti and “Hello my name is” or postal stickers and spray paint.
h. Multiple spray can heads, Caps, Fat, Skinny refer to interchangeable spray can nozzles to allow for various spray width and
i. Has a sketchbook (Piece book) for practice.
j. Schoolbooks have repetitive scrawling, graffiti and/or cartoon like drawings on them.
k. Racking, the graffiti term for stealing spray paint, markers and other graffiti tools/supplies.
l. Carries camera and photographs graffiti.
m. Uses the internet to access pro graffiti websites and post on forum sites and communicate with other taggers. Often they use school computers to do this.