Dangerously Dolly gets to work with WWE’s former wrestler Amy Dumas, also known as Lita for a sweet tattoo feature! Check out Amy’s interview below:
Pro wrestling fans best know Amy Dumas as Lita, from her days with World Wrestling Entertainment, as the four-time Women’s World Champion. To punk rock fanatics, Amy is recognized as the front-person of the hardcore quartet, The Luchagors, as well as the host of the Atlanta-based, Sunday night radio show, Punkrockalypse. Actress and best-selling author are also among her achievements, and she’s soon to add restaurateur to her resume. Amy’s full plate also currently includes shooting a TV pilot for the horror-based stage show she performs, near her home base in the ATL.
REBEL INK: Some people get into being tattooed for artistic or rebellious reasons. What drew you to it?
Amy Dumas: The first tattoo I ever got is on the back of my neck. It’s the word “Iconoclast,” written in Cyrillic. It wasn’t done to be artistic. I see myself as a bit of an iconoclast–not from a religious standpoint, but as someone who’s a general rule breaker. When people on the street ask me about it, I just tell them it says “rebel”, rather than go into a whole explanation about what an iconoclast is. If there is anyone out there that I told the tattoo said “rebel,” I lied. Sorry. [Laughs]
When did you start getting your arm work done?
I was living in a house in DC at the time. There was an artist there, and I sort of let him draw on me. I was 18, and didn’t know better. He tattooed some symbols, and they were cool, but they were kind of on my prime are real estate. It was where my Polynesian dragon head piece is now.
At what point did you get the cover up?
When I was 19, I went train-hopping through Europe. I had a friend who had gotten tattooed by this artist in Amsterdam, and I really liked his stuff. So I went in and got the dragon head. I looked through his book and pointed out what I liked. Then I shut the book, and told him to just do what he wanted. It turned out to be this cool, Polynesian dragon. I always say that piece represents me being spontaneous and going for things.
Tell me the story behind the ink inside your lip.
That was in the DC group house. There was an artist there, tattooing out of a recording studio, in the basement. There was a band called, Railhead, recording there, and I was holding my lip, and they were all watching. They were like, “Oh God.” People ask me if that one hurt. But it was done in like five minutes, so it really didn’t have a chance to hurt. It came out in a week. Then he re-did it, and it’s been there ever since.
I see you’ve got that trail of skulls on your left arm these days.
Yeah, that’s not even done yet. When it’s finished, it will be a full half-sleeve. I’ve always called myself a Mexican poser, because I feel such a connection to Latin American culture. Sure, Day of the Dead art is popular, but I really do feel a connection to it. So I did the Day of the Dead skulls, and some of them are for the artistic balancing, but a lot of it has meaning to me. They represent things that are important in my life: tributes to loved ones, people who have died and chapters in my life. There’s a lot of hidden meaning. I could go into it, but a lot of it is there just for me.
Who’s doing that work?
Shame Morton, the guitar player from my band, he owned Black Cat Tattoo in Decatur, GA a long time ago. I also have another tattoo you might not know about. I’m a huge “Addam’s Family” [fan]. I loved the old TV show, I also love Tiki culture. So I got this idea, and on my arm opposite the Dia de los Muertos, I have Morticia Addams as a Tiki. It was done by Joey Gallagher, while he was at Sacred Heart in Atlanta. It’s one of those things, if you see it, you might not know what it is right away, but I know what it is, and I’m stoked about it.
What is the present state of The Luchagors?
We did like four European tours and three US tours. It was awesome, but the last tour we did in Europe pretty much broke us. We lost a lot of money. I don’t know if it was poor promoting, or the economy finally catching up with us or what. It didn’t kill us, be it did take a lot of wind out of our sails. Since then, we’ve done some shows here and there, but we’ve kind of put the band on the back burner for now.
The music scene was part of your life before you even got into wrestling. When you left the WWE, was starting The Luchagors your was of taking care of unfinished business with music?
The Luchagors was just one of those things, the same way getting into wrestling was. It was like, “Let’s see what happens with this.” You can’t really see what happens until you put your whole self into it. But yes, music was one of those things that I always wanted to pursue more. Growing up, music was such a super important facet of my life. I always say that punk rock was my parents growing up. I looked to the song lyrics for guidance. So I had to try it. I didn’t want to have to wonder, “What if…” It was a very important thing for me to do.
One of the reasons you left the WWE was due to backlash stemming from your real life, personal relationships within the company, becoming part of your wrestling storyline. What was going through your head when fans started going after you in the ring, about relationships you were having in your private life?
I don’t think I even had time at that point to think about the fans. I was just so overwhelmed with what was going on. My work life had become a soap opera, and my real life was a soap opera. It was tough. It was surreal. But it all comes with the territory of being an entertainer.
But it’s different for wrestlers, because some fans will confront them about things they see them do on TV.
Yes, and that was part of the problem too. For instance, I had a WWE storyline where I was impregnated by a demon monster. My character wound up losing the baby. Anyway, later on, I was doing this autograph appearance, and this woman comes up to me…and she’s serious. She says that she has a present for me, but didn’t know how I was felling after my miscarriage. The lady had knitted me a baby blanket. I didn’t know what to say, but that’s part of the reason I have become a bit of a recluse.
What is the “Silver Scream Spook Show” all about?
We do that the last Saturday of every month. We do “The Silver Scream Spook Show” at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. We describe it as “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” meets “The Munsters.” There’s improv, comedy; we have a burlesque troupe and magic. We show a horror movie, and the theme of each show is based on the movie. We’ve shown King Kong, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. It’s a once a month, but we’re not doing a September show, because we just started filming a pilot for a TV series for it.
How close are you to opening your restaurant?
It’s still a few months away. It’s called Java Lords Lucha Lounge, and it’s going to have a Mexican wrestling theme to it. It’ll be a glorified punk rock dive. [Laughs]
I almost forgot to ask you about Punkrockalypse.
For over three years, every Sunday, from nine to ten at night, I’ve had a radio show on 96.1 The Project, in Atlanta. It’s a lot of fun. It’s just me, the engineer, and the cleaning crew. The station is really supportive; the let me say whatever I want and play whatever I want. We take calls and play punk rock. I love that I get to play punk rock on the radio. There’s not enough of that music on the air.