Cleen Rock One
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo
19 years' experience
Rivals Match-up: "The Pride War," versus Tim Lees
Cleen Rock One was an Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines. Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening a new studio and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit. Cleen finds competition in Tim Lees, the self-taught artist who helped him build and open his Vegas tattoo shop. The two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving Cleen's shop a month after opening. Cleen feels that Lees didn't meet his business' professional standards, but Lees is outraged and determined to avenge himself against what he sees as a bold injustice.
PHOTOS: See a gallery of Cleen's work