tag·​ger | \ ˈta-gər How to pronounce tagger (audio) \

Definition of tagger

: one that tags especially : a person who marks surfaces with graffiti

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Martin Ferreira, who oversees the San Francisco Police Department’s Graffiti Unit, said the vast majority of graffiti found throughout the city is done by taggers merely seeking fame and recognition, and rarely done with gang affiliation. Lauren Hernandez, SFChronicle.com, "Seven ‘high-profile’ graffiti taggers indicted in taggings across San Francisco," 10 July 2018 In KGB’s heyday, the District was home to underground punk, hard core, hip-hop and go-go music scenes, all with their own taggers. Anthony J. Rivera, Washington Post, "Living D.C. graffiti legend went from rowdy thug to art teacher," 28 June 2018 This week in Austin, a beloved bronze statue of Texas guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan was defaced by graffiti taggers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in Austin defaced by graffiti taggers," 31 Jan. 2018 Back in the ’80s and early ’90s, Hugh Carew, a former D.C. police detective, took an interest in taggers while investigating robberies and assaults. Anthony J. Rivera, Washington Post, "Living D.C. graffiti legend went from rowdy thug to art teacher," 28 June 2018 Chilli’s father is played by Brian Dennehy, which also happens to be the name of one of the real-life taggers. Rob Mckittrick, New York Times, "Review: ‘Tag,’ You’re It. Playing the Long Game Into Middle Age.," 14 June 2018 As for Renner, well … by design his character is the odd man out, a superhumanly gifted tagger not above commando tactics. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 This allows the tagger to notify the tag-ee that the tweet contains something that might interest them or, indeed, is about them. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Speaking as John Kelly, I have to ask: Why did you tag John Kelly on Twitter?," 28 Jan. 2018 Graffiti has come a long way since the 1970s when fly-by-night taggers sprayed their work on bridge abutments or subway cars then slipped away before the authorities arrived. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "At Core of 5Pointz Trial: Is Graffiti Art Protected by Law?," 17 Oct. 2017

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