Cleen Rock One is one of the most respected faces around the tattoo industry. The tattoo artist veteran shot to fame following his appearances in the reality show, Ink Master. The show collectively run by Dave Navarro, Chris Núñez, and Oliver Peck has given brought tattoo artists and fans closer than they ever were. With appearances in seasons 5,7 and 9, Cleen finally won the competition in its 11th season. Owner of the Golden Skull Tatto, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo, Nevada Tattoo Company, and Cleen Supply Co., Cleen is also a motor enthusiast. He often takes to Instagram to showcase his love for automobiles. Currently, Cleen has taken over the judge’s seat in a new series entitled Ink Master Grudge Match.
James Steinke, famous by stage name Cleen Rock One was born on the 6th of August 1977 in Elgin, Illinois. Born and raised in Elgin, James didn’t have the best of life growing up. Little details are known about his upbringing, but from the numerous interviews, we can glean that he had to struggle from his childhood. His mother was against his tattooing career.
While his educational background remains a complete mystery, it is presumed that he graduated high school before getting into tattooing. Cleen was an avid fan of tattooing from a young age. When he first turned 16, he wanted to get a tattoo similar to the elephant chain which was on the left arm of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. Even though his mother was against the idea, Cleen managed to convince her. He never stopped from that moment on and went onto make a career for himself in the tattoo industry.
Fresh out of his apprenticeship, Cleen began tattooing in a local shop. After learning the tricks of the trade, he decided to make it out on his own. He opened his very first tattoo shop in 1999 which was the Golden Skull Tattoo. Over the years, Cleen continued to hone his trade and expand his business at the same time. He currently owns three different tattoo shops namely Golden Skull Tattoo, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo, and Nevada Tattoo Co. Apart from his tattoo shops, Cleen is also the owner of Cleen Supply Company which provides tattooing materials at an affordable cost.
Cleen made his first appearance in the reality series Ink Master in 2014. 18 artists participated in the 5th season of the show and Cleen lost out in the finals to Jason Clay Dunn. He came back in 2016, determined to win it all. But he once again lost the title of Ink Master to Anthony Michaels. Cleen returned after a few seasons as a mentor and finally won the title of Ink Master in the master face-off against Christian Buckingham. Cleen also participated in the Ink Masters: shop wars, in 2017 but couldn’t make it to the finals. Cleen has parted with Ink Master since then and is serving as a host for a spin-off, Ink Masters: Grudge Match.
Cleen Rock One was a married man for the longest time. While there are very little details about his wife, he often shared pictures of her on Instagram. However, the pair split sometime during the early 2010s due to undisclosed reasons. The pair had two children who are currently living with Cleen.
Cleen has long moved on from his divorce and is currently dating fellow artist, Megan Jean Morris. The pair had amazing chemistry when they met on the set of Ink Masters. The pair began officially dating from 2019 and have been together ever since.
As the owner of four different tattoo companies, Cleen has amassed a large net worth. His stints as a judge and a coach in ink master have certainly aided in his purpose. As of current date, Cleen has amassed a net worth of USD 5 million and by the way, things are going for him, we can only assume that it will continue to grow in the future.