Dirt (Morrisroe and White)

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Dirt is a zine by Mark Morrisroe (as Mark Dirt) and Lynelle White.

Published in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1970s, Dirt was a punk zine. It included collage, photographs, graphic design, and gossip.

Emily Manning, in the February 2018 issue of i-D magazine, writes, "In 1975, Morrisroe and White began publishing a zine called Dirt. A proto-punk fusion of Andy Warhol, John Waters, and The National Enquirer, Dirt was a hand-typed collection of wild, fictional (and hysterical) celebrity exposés. They made black-and-white photocopies, colored in the pages, and dished out Dirt at the city’s underground nightclubs."

In 1993, photographer Nan Goldin wrote, "“Mark was an outlaw on every front—sexually, socially, and artistically. He was marked by his dramatic and violent adolescence as a teenage prostitute with a deep distrust and a fierce sense of his uniqueness. I met him in Art School in 1977; he left shit in my mailbox as a gesture of friendship. Limping wildly down the halls in his torn t-shirts, calling himself Mark Dirt, he was Boston’s first punk."

In Art in America of February 2011, Brooks Adams writes, "Morrisroe’s enterprising adolescence comes to life in the typed originals of the fanzine Dirt that he and a friend, Lynelle White, produced in 1975-76. They distributed the ’zine in Xeroxed and hand-colored editions of between 20 and 30 in Boston nightclubs. The hilarious faux-celebrity reports in Dirt show Morrisroe reveling in self-invented stardom, emulating the prevailing American masters of the genre—Andy Warhol, as well as the filmmakers Jack Smith and John Waters—all of whom were heroes for the young artist."

Contributors to Dirt included Cindy La Viande, among others.

Mark Morrisroe also made Super 8 films, and soon gained recognition as an artist specializing in photo based work.

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