In 1938, American cartoonist Charles Addams created "The Addams Family" comics for "The New Yorker." The comics centered on a fictional family that included patriarch Gomez Addams, matriarch Morticia Addams, children Wednesday and Pugsly Addams, Uncle Fester, Grandmama and their butler Lurch. Other popular characters including Thing and Cousin Itt were added to the comics later on. The comics followed the eccentric and macabre family's wild antics, leading to "The Addams Family" silver screen debut in 1964.
"The Addams Family" television show ran for two seasons and starred actors John Astin and Carolyn Jones. The show was canceled in 1966, however, eleven years later the main cast reunited for a Halloween television special: "Halloween with the New Addams Family."
The 1990s gave rise to two major live action Addams family feature films, 1991's "The Addams Family" and 1993's "Addams Family Values." These films starred an all-star cast, which including Anjelica Huston as Mortica (a role that earned her a Golden Globe nomination), Raul Julia as Gomez and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. Both films were nominated for Academy Awards, "Best Costume Design" for the 1991 film and "Best Art Direction" for the 1993 film. These films also introduced audiences to the talents of Christina Ricci, who portrayed Wednesday at just 11-years-old.
In the television series, Wednesday was played by Lisa Loring, who was 6-years-old at the time. Ricci brought maturity to the role and excelled at the character's deadpan sense of humor. Wednesday Addams went on to become one of the most celebrated female goth characters of all time and her lines from these films have lived on in popular culture. We're celebrating the nearly 30 year legacy of Ricci's Wednesday Addams with spooky ooky tattoos from talented artists around the world. Take a peek at the morbid ink in the gallery below and let us know your favorite Addams family character in the comments section on social media.