Richard King Thackston was an artist and the founder of Gay Spirit Visions, an Atlanta-based support and advocacy group for spiritual gay men. Thackston was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and was a graduate of the Atlanta School of Art. Honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after declaring himself a conscientious objector to war, King spent his life working for peace, harmony and beauty. He was a founding member of TABOO, active from 1988 – 1999.  TABOO was an Atlanta based artist collective that aspired to provoke and generate dialogue about subjects considered to be “Taboo” in the politically correct and respectful populace of the time, through humorous, sardonic, and quite often outrageous exhibitions and projects.  The core group also comprised Larry Jens Anderson (b. 1947), Michael Venezia (1954 – 2000), and David Fraley (1952 – 1999).