In 1994, the Beastie Boys released one of their highest selling classic albums, Ill Communication. Nestled into the usual mix of high energy rap, hiphop, funk and punk was a painting of Alex Grey’s, at the center of the double album. Adam Yauch, a founding member of the group, was a practicing buddhist, introducing a young fan base to numerous spiritual ideas. Alex Grey would encounter Yauch at Buddhist ceremonies and speaking engagements with the Dalai Lama. (http://alexgrey.com/press-media/interviews/interview-for-the-examiner/). His influence on the group placed the painting “Gaia” at the core of the album’s packaging.