Cleen Rock One is an American-born tattoo artist who appeared in the reality competition TV show “Ink Master.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Cleen Rock One was born James Steinke in Illinois, USA, under the Leo zodiac sign on 6 August 1977, which makes him 46 years old as of 2023. He has not revealed the names of his parents and siblings. However, he revealed that his mother was an artist who influenced him to develop an interest in arts and tattoos at an early age. With the permission of his parents, Cleen inked his first tattoo when he was 16 years old.
Cleen didn’t continue with his education after matriculating from a local high school in Illinois, but instead went on to begin a tattoo business.
Hobbies and Interests
Cleen is a huge lover of animals, especially dogs, and has two pets, often posting their photos on Instagram, and boasts how they were there for him when he was going through a divorce.
He is a fan of motorcycles and vintage cars and often attends biking and motor racing events near him.
Cleen Rock is an avid musician who is good at playing the guitar. His favorite music group is LoveHateHero rock band, which was formed in Burbank, California.
In a previous interview, Chris revealed that he grew up sober.
Cleen is a skilled tattoo artist, who is known for his prowess of neo-traditional tattooing. His style is characterized by vibrant and bold colors, intricate linework, and a combination of contemporary and traditional elements. Cleen began tattooing at the age of 18, mostly working in his house because back then, tattooing was a hard industry to get into since it was mostly run by outlaws. Through hard work and determination, Cleen eventually launched his tattoo parlor in Illinois.
Cleen rose to prominence when he competed in the fifth season of the Spike TV competition reality show, “Ink Master,” which follows the most skilled tattoo artists as they compete to showcase their prowess. He finished second, behind Jason Clay Dunn, and later returned to the show in its seventh season, in which he again finished the runners-up. Cleen and Aaron ‘Is’ Michalowski represented the tattoo parlor, Golden Skull Tattoo, in the ninth season of the show – he finished at position five. Cleen was cast in the 11th season of “Ink Master” entitled, “Ink Master: Grudge Match” in which he coached and mentored a team against another that was led by his career rival, the tattoo artist Christian Buckingham. His team was represented by Tony Medellin, who ended up winning the season, making the Illinois native the winning mentor.
Cleen made an appearance in the first season of “Ink Master: Angels,” which premiered on the Paramount Network on 3 October 2017. The show follows “Ink Master” season eight’s top three female contenders, Nikki Simpson, Kelly Doty, and the season’s winner, Ryan Ashley as they tour across the U.S. looking for talented artists. In each episode, Ryan, Nikki, and Kelly – known as the ‘Angels’ – hold competitions between groups of three artists and the winner faces one of the ladies in the final challenge.
Golden Skull Tattoo
Cleen Rock is the founder of the tattoo parlor, Golden Skull Tattoo, which is based in Gateway District in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company works on a variety of tattoos ranging from traditional to black and white to vibrant and realistic tattoos. Cleen’s firm also offers professional body piercing services. Golden Skull Tattoo is the sister to Nevada Tattoo Co. and Chrome Gipsy.
Other Social Media Platforms
Cleen is active on Instagram (@cleenrockoneinsta) with over 77,000 followers; he’s littered his account with photos of custom cars, artwork, and tattoos. He joined Twitter (@Cleen_Rock_One) in March 2011, and has amassed almost 40,000 followers. His Twitter bio reads ‘Live for the day built not bought bulldogs n big tits hotrods choppers tattoos chill no drama don’t get blocked.’ Cleen is also active on Facebook, with around 10,000 followers.
Cleen is dating the tattoo artist, Megan Jean Morris. The duo met on the set of “Ink Master” and developed a shared respect for each other’s tattooing skills, which blossomed into a romance.
Cleen was previously married to an unnamed woman. The former couple allegedly met in 2002 and dated for around two years before walking the aisle. They were blessed with two children, whose names remain unknown. The former couple divorced in 2007 and although Cleen rarely speaks about his previous marriage, it’s widely known that he’s maintained a good relationship with his ex-wife and children. Before dating Cleen, Megan was briefly married to a man named Taber Brewster Hammond, who sadly passed away in April 2018, and was also in a romantic relationship with Steve Tarr, who has worked as the Director of Sales at the Utah-based tattoo aftercare products company, Saniderm.
Rumors and Controversy
Steinke is rumored to love women too much and there are claims that his first divorce occurred because he was unfaithful – this has not been confirmed. Although he is in a relationship with Morris, Steinke is fond of posting pictures of attractive women and female fans.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Steinke is of White ethnicity and has blue eyes and brown hair. He stands 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs approximately 145lbs (66kgs). Cleen has inked numerous tattoos on his body.
Cleen’s career as a tattoo artist has made him very popular and fairly rich. His net worth is approximately $5 million as of late 2023. On the other hand, his girlfriend Morris is reputedly worth around $1 million.
Who Is Cleen Rock One’s Girlfriend, Megan Jean Morris
Megan Jean Morris, who is perhaps best known as the founder of the Connecticut-based Painted Soul Tattoos, hails from Maine, USA, and was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 19 February 1982, which makes her 41 years old as of 2023. She’s an alumnus of Syracuse University, from where she graduated with a BA in Industrial Design. She began tattooing at a Maine-based biker shop, where she was trained by Doug Wood and Adam Gordon.
Megan appeared as a guest in the CMT reality TV series “Tattoo Titans,” which had Bernadette Macias and Ami James as the judges. She also appeared as a contestant in the seventh season of “Ink Master” – the tattoo artist also appeared in the 12th season of the competition show as a coach. Moreover, she was a special guest judge in “Ink Masters: Angels.”
Morris is a social media star who has over 248,000 followers on Instagram (@meganjeanmorris).
She’s appeared in numerous publications of “Inked Magazine.”