Sandhogging is often a tradition and is passed down through generations of families; since mining projects span decades, it is not uncommon to find multi-generations of families to work together on the same job.
In the October 1997 issue of Esquire magazine, a series of photographs by David Allee, with a text accompaniment by Thomas Kelly, document the life and work of sandhogs. In 2006 at Grand Central Terminal in New York City there was a large-scale photo and video installation about the sandhogs, The Sandhog Project, created by artist Gina LeVay.
Thomas Kelly's 1997 novel about sandhogs, Payback, was reissued in 2008 as Sandhogs (ISBN 978-1593762360) by Soft Skull Press.
In the 1996 film Daylight, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Sylvester Stallone, there are references to "Sandhogs" as well as detailed history on how these men lived under the pressures of building the Holland Tunnel.
Edward Burns: In the Sidewalks of New York, he mentions how one of his grandfathers was a sandhog who died from emphysema.