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Street Tag iPhone App Video Review

Street Tag iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

…Or black, or green, or any color you want with Street Tag a new iPhone app from Channel 4. Developed in conjunction with Channel 4’s Street Summer programming focused on giving a voice to Britain’s thriving hip hop, street dancing and art community, Street Tag lets you create custom tags without worrying about a run in with the law or the chance of a massacre.

Ready to dress-up this iPhone app review of Street Tag? I’ll do my best.


Express yourself with the Street Tag iPhone app. Create multicolored tags anywhere you see fit. This global app makes creating and sharing tags easier than it has any right to be.

How, you may ask? By turning your iPhone into a virtual can of spray paint. Utilizing augmented reality technology, your iPhone combines the view from your iPhone’s camera and the app’s customizable paint function to let you create.

The results are pretty amazing. Share your tags with the world, or search worldwide for tags from other users. I was amazed at the far flung popularity of this app. I checked pichação in Rio then swiped across the pond to see some of Manchester’s writers and their latest.

I love the Street Tag iPhone app concept. Make your statement and respect your environment, or just use it as a way to tag those heaven spots you’ve been after. Although, I think the global range and instant audience are probably my favorite features.

Technically, the spray control options are pretty thorough. In addition to using exactly the right hue, you can change the spray size from a pin to a solid fat cap. Adjust the wetness of your work for a dripping masterpiece, or a clean line.


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Street Tag iPhone App Review

Street Tag

Using Street Tag is easy and fun. Accurate spray paint sounds such as the signature can rattle and the airy whoosh of paint being shot out the cap giving this app a little something extra. You won’t have to worry about inhaling paint fumes, but you will have a pretty real sensation.

A simple bottom tab design makes changing paint features, saving, sharing and finding tags easy. There’s even an info tab to clue you in to Channel 4’s Street Summer programming. Apparently organization is hip.


I can’t say I have a lot of experience tagging myself, though I know my way around a can of spray paint. The app functions best if you have a little bit of distance between yourself and the spot you want to tag. If you get too close, the work space is too small to really make anything good.

That small issue aside, the Street Tag iPhone app is solid. Every feature works, and I am especially impressed with the quality of the global mapping feature.


Like the best street art, Street Tag is free to download and enjoy. I think it’s worth investing a few minutes of your time to help support a global community, browse amazing work and support the spirit of the street.

Street Tag iPhone App QR Code

Street Tag


Street Tag iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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