Born to a drug-addicted mother, Mark Morrisroe left home at 13 and began hustling at 15. The entirety of Morrisroe's brief life was characterized by danger and poverty, and mythologized by him. Morrisroe died in 1989. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 70's and the art world boom of the mid to late 80's in NYC. His ashes are scattered in McMinnville on the farm of his last boyfriend, Ramsey McPhillips.