Karla Lambert is the beautiful tattoo model who kept us company through every month of this 2017… did you turn the last page of the Tattoo Life Calendar? Here is the whole photo shoot by Christian Saint: her sensual beauty and gorgeous tattoos stand out even more against the fairytale bacdrop of a lovely Italian villa on Lake Como. Look at the our amazing photo gallery and read the full interview we did last year.
She’s a proud supporter of naturism, an avid reader (her favourite authors include Mark Epstein) and a full-blown ink fan (her skin flaunts works by Ryan Campbell and David Allen), Karla Lambert will keep you company in 2017 thanks to one more extraordinary calendar featuring Christian Saint’s photographs. Her sensual beauty and gorgeous tattoos stand out even more against the fairytale bacdrop of a lovely Italian villa on Lake Como.
So Karla, this is your very first calendar, right?
Yes and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first calendar shoot (glowing smile). I’d worked with Christian Saint previously and I knew he could take incredible photos anywhere, but to have the opportunity to shoot inside a historical mansion in Italy (Villa Calvi Radice Fossati in Montesolaro di Carimate, Ed.) was absolutely surreal…
What’s it been like to work in the Beautiful Country?
Italy itself is so rich in history, and I’d never been inside a historical mansion of such magnitude… (reflects a moment, searching for the right words) Well, to be inside a historical home like that was a unique experience and it is a memory I will never forget. I am so thankful and appreciative to Miki Vialetto and Tattoo Life for giving me this opportunity.
Well, thank you. I know that during the shooting you worked with some peculiar “extras”: a German shepherd, a horse, even a wolf…
Yeah, I sure did. The first look that Christian photographed was of me lying in the grass behind the mansion, and while we were shooting, the homeowners’ German shepherd came running over to me and laid down right next to me! (laughs)
And weren’t you afraid?
No, not all. I’ve spent a lot of time ‘working’ with dogs, including German shepherds, but he is by far the most massive and beautiful German shepherd I’ve ever seen. He was very intelligent and had a confident energy; he wasn’t aloof the way a lot of dogs can be around someone new. And yes, it’s true: I also posed with a beautiful wolf, and on horseback. I think most people can say they love animals, but I go even further: I’m a hopeless animal lover!
And by chance you even have a wolf tattooed on your hand…
Like I told you, I’m fascinated by all animals, and I plan to eventually get some other animals tattooed on me as well, By the way, the tattoo artist who did the wolf continued his work and now that tattoo wraps around my wrist to incorporate the moon and night sky with some symbols of nature and astrology. All of which have personal meaning to me.
So how did you first get interested in tattoo art?
My very first tattoo was a decorative way of covering a scar that I disliked and hated to look at. I instantly loved the experience and whenever I go to a tattoo shop, I love the adrenaline from the pain and the fact that I am decorating my body in art.
I enjoy expressing myself artistically, but to be honest, I enjoy the attention as well – even from the people who look at me in distain. I’d rather make them feel something than nothing at all…
Those people will probably be especially attracted to your intriguing right sleeve…
Most of my right sleeve was done years ago by my friend Ryan Campbell who tattoos in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a sleeve that is totally black and grey with lots of roses, a black bird, a portrait from the movie ‘Day of the Dead’ (the third chapter of the four-part series on the living dead by George A. Romero. It was released in 1985 and, in my opinion, is perhaps the best movie of the series, Ed.), and my boys’ names inside of a heart-shaped lock and key.
In the middle of your tummy there’s a skull, which is also black and grey.
Yeah, the skull on my stomach may seem scary to some folks, but skulls can symbolize both negative and positive attributes: to me they’re very striking! (laughs) I still have a lot planned for that tattoo, and one day it’ll eventually cover my entire abdomen area. Who knows…
And with an almost contrasting aesthetic, along your side there’s a tree whose roots are solidly planted in your thigh. Curious…
I started that tattoo during a difficult, transitional time of my life. I asked Ryan Campbell to create a tree that had noticeably strong roots, as it stands in the middle of a storm. It’s still one of my favorite tattoos.
And what did you have tattooed on the lower part of your right calf?
That one was done by David Allen in Chicago! It’s a reproduction on skin of a work in progress by the great artist Alphonse Mucha, and I can’t wait to get back to Illinois so we can add more to it.
Can you tell me about your favorite tattooists?
Well, besides those I’ve already mentioned, I’d love to have a piece by Philip Milic, and Lewisink could use my entire back as a canvas and cover it with his amazing geometrical and dotwork pieces. Luckily I still have plenty of available space on my body, so I’ll be sending that intention out to the universe. (smiles)
Let’s get back to the calendar. In one photo, we see you in an elegant library surrounded by hundreds of books: do you like to read?
Yeah, I’m a huge reader. I tend to gravitate towards self-actualization books, as well as books that deal with subjects like health and wellness, and mind, body, and spirit genres. I just finished reading ‘Open to Desire’ by Mark Epstein and it was really helpful for my journey to better love myself and others.
One of the months which our readers (the guys) will appreciate the most is the one where you are sitting on the edge of an antique bathtub, completely naked. Do you feel comfortable posing nude?
I was raised in a very conservative society, where I was taught that there are rules of decency to live by, and none of that felt natural to me. Nudity in our culture, especially female nudity, is sexualized. But in reality, being nude is not inherently a sexual thing. It’s just being yourself down to the deepest level. I embrace naturism and posing artistically in the nude feels very natural and empowering for me.
Ok, I think this is enough for me; but since this is a calendar which will keep us company throughout 2017, could you tell us about any upcoming projects for next year?
I want to continue to focus on my personal and spiritual growth, and creating myself. I’m learning to trust the process and listen to my intuition. If it feels right and it feeds my soul, I’ll be headed in that direction!
Photos by Christian Saint