Las Vegas native and artist Cleen Rock One will be starring in the new season of Paramount Network’s competition series Ink Master which premieres Tuesday, August 28th at 10 pm ET/PT. It’s the first-ever tattoo competition reality series, think “Top Chef” but for some of the country’s top and up & coming tattoo artists.
This season, the series will welcome back two “Ink Master” fan favorites to coach and mentor artists in the quest for $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted title of “Ink Master.” In addition, the coaches, Ink Master alumni Cleen Rock One and Christian Buckingham, will be competing against each other to win $100,000 of their own.
This new season starts off with 22 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo-style challenges, after which Rock One and Buckingham will select their top nine artists to compete as part of their teams. Throughout the competition, the artists will be tested on their technical skills along with their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing and, as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime, so will their mistakes.
Contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (musician, filmmaker and artist) and renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (Handcrafted Miami) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
Once an Illinois shop owner and now one of the franchise’s most popular contenders, Cleen Rock One has had his fair share of tattoo experience. After a devastating loss in “Shop Wars” on Season 9, this multi-seasonal veteran is ready to finally take what is rightfully his. After being eliminated in Season 9 right before the finale, Cleen is back this season for revenge. Through his neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink, he has been able to gain the attention of viewers and judges alike. Thanks to his history with the show, Cleen has a leg up on the competition for Season 11 as he returns as a coach.