Important note: I am looking for firsthand accounts in this thread; everyone has an opinion on why folks do stuff, but I specifically want to hear from individuals in the group in question. I would rather this thread sink out of trace with no replies than just get filled up with secondhand assumptions.
So… ‘tagging’ (the act of spraypainting a stylised version of your name or pseudonym on fences, walls, trains, etc). Did you do it when you were younger?
Why did you do it? At the time, did you feel like you had an actual reason? (even if that reason no longer makes sense to you now), or was it just something that you did because your peers were all doing it and it seemed normal?
Is/was there a difference between the highly colourful and detailed tags (that obviously show some artistic talent) and the ones that are more like a signature (often repeated many times locally). Are they even part of the same activity? Do the signature taggers aspire to be like the artistic ones?
Where did you get all the paint?