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Cleo Kinnaman: Tattoo Artist and Ex-wife of Joel Kinnaman

Who is Cleo Kinnaman?

Born in 1992, Cleo Kinnaman is a well-known tattoo artist who creates black and gray pictures. Cleo Kinnaman is also famous as the ex-wife of actor Joel Kinnaman.

She has tattoos of numerous artists and luminaries, including Kurt Cobain, Salvador Dali, and Al Capone. She uses mainly black and gray inks to create tattoo patterns, which wonderfully complements the Chicano art style.

Cleo Kinnaman gave up her official education when she was 14 to investigate the possibility of becoming a professional artist. The young woman began honing her craft at a neighborhood tattoo shop and eventually turned her passion into a job.

Cleo Kinnaman has always been drawn to unique art forms, so she went after one that individuals may physically take with them into the afterlife. She now runs a tattoo shop after becoming well-known in the field and developing a distinctive style. She collaborates with an online art dealer as well.

Cleo Kinnaman Biography
Cleo Kinnaman Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameCleo Wattenström
As known asCleo Kinnaman
BirthdayJune 11, 1992
Age30 years old
Sun SignTaurus
TraitsPositive: Intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, and grounded
Negative: Stubborn, short-tempered, lazy, and too cautious.
Eye ColorBlack
Marital StatusSingle
ProfessionModel, Tattoo artist
Net WorthUSD 400,000
Social mediaInstagram

Early Life and Childhood

On June 12, 1992, Cleo Wattenström was born in Belgium to parents of Swedish and Ethiopian ancestry. She calls her mother “Kicki” with affection.

Wattenström with her mother
Cleo Wattenström with her mother

Cleo spent most of her childhood in Brussels, but she and her parents traveled widely before settling in Stockholm, Sweden. As a result, she got exposed to numerous cultures and art forms throughout the family vacations.

She left high school at 14 while residing in Stockholm to follow her passion for tattoo design. She stated in interviews that she found learning the technique simpler because of her aptitude for drawing. As a result, she sought a tattoo artist who could serve as a mentor rather than continue her study in a traditional setting.

Cleo, meantime, decided to start working so she could live independently. She soon started working as an apprentice in a tattoo parlor, which was ideal for aspiring artists. She now only uses black and grey ink to paint her body in her distinctive way. Black-and-white films and images influence her tattoo art style.

Cleo Kinnaman Appearance

At this time, Cleo is 27 years old. She stands 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, weighs approximately 132lbs (60kgs), and has the following vital signs: 34-26-35. She also has long blonde hair and dark brown eyes. In addition, she has six-size shoes on.


From a young age, Cleo Kinnaman knew she wanted to work as a tattoo artist. Despite having spent most of her life in Belgium, Cleo later relocated to Stockholm, Sweden, where she began her first apprenticeship at 15. Cleo went to the International London Tattoo Convention in 2016.

Cleo with her painting
Cleo, with her painting

Young Cleo Wattenström trained as a tattoo artist professionally. She also began modeling, appearing in many publications featuring the glamour, retro, pin-up, Goth, fashion, and horror genres.

Additionally, she was on the covers of numerous regional and worldwide fashion publications, such as “Inked” and “Tattoo Life” magazines.

Cleo currently works in a tattoo shop in Southern California and owns a private tattoo studio named “Shanti Tattoo” in Venice, California. She collaborated with the “Sullen Art Collective” to introduce a range of goods influenced by her tattoo designs.

Many of her tattoo designs include Celebrities like the Actor Marilyn Monroe and the painter Salvador Dali.

In addition, Cleo Kinnaman had auctioned off one of her paintings at a yearly gala for good causes. In the 14 years of the charity event, her painting smashed the record and was the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.


Although Cleo keeps her love life somewhat private because she and her ex-husband are well-known, many elements of their previous union are public knowledge.

Cleo and Joel Kinnaman wedding picture
Cleo and Joel Kinnaman’s wedding picture

Popular Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman and Cleo first met in December 2014; they began dating soon after and moved in together by the end of the year. They kept their relationship private because they didn’t want the public to become involved.

The realization struck when he went to promote the 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad. Aisha Tyler asked Joel about his girlfriend Cleo in 2016, and he corrected, saying, “You mean my wife.”

The two got married in February 2016 in a modest ceremony at the “Same Day Marriage” facility on San Vicente Boulevard in California; the total cost of the ‘ceremony’ was USD 435. Their close friends and family members were present at the intimate ceremony.

As Cleo and Joel traveled the world together and shared photos of their adventures on social media, it appeared that the two were quite happy and that Cleo did not mind her husband’s affair with the well-known actress Olivia Munn.

They divorced in 2018, so things didn’t work out for them. However, the two are still close friends today, despite the grounds for their divorce being unknown. They lived separately for a considerable time before filing for divorce.

Cleo Kinnaman Ex-Husband: Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman, a well-known actor, was born on November 25, 1979, under the sign Sagittarius in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. He currently holds dual citizenship in Sweden and the United States.

Joel Kinnaman
Joel Kinnaman

Joel’s career began in 2002, but he didn’t become well known until he was cast in the 2010 film “Easy Money” and later appeared in the crime TV series “Johan Falk.”

In addition to his appearances as Takeshi Kovacs in the television series “Altered Carbon” and Detective Stephen Holder in the crime drama “The Killing,” he has achieved international popularity. However, he is best known for playing Governor Will Conway in the television series “House of Cards.”

Regarding movies, Joel became well-known for playing Rick Flag in the 2016 film “Suicide Squad.” Joel can be found on Instagram, with about 1.3 million followers.

As of 2023, Joel Kinnaman’s net worth is estimated to be more than USD 10 million, which is continuously increasing due to his acting career.

Hobbies & Interests

Cleo might seem only to be interested in tattooing and sketching, but she has a wide range of interests.

Cleo has been traveling since she was a baby because her parents took her on their first trip around Europe as soon as her mother was allowed to leave the hospital. They finally settled in Sweden but continued to travel on occasion. She did this after arriving in the US and toured extensively with her ex-husband, Joel Kinnaman.

Joel Kinnaman and Cleo Kinnaman
Joel Kinnaman and Cleo Kinnaman

Cloe attends five to six training sessions at the gym each week to focus on her entire body. In addition, she is focused on eating correctly and sticking to a strict diet because she is interested in working out and staying healthy. 

Cleo Kinnaman Net Worth

As of 2023, Cleo Kinnaman has a net worth of over USD 400,000 and is continuing to grow due to her work as a tattoo artist.

Social Media

As it is crucial for promoting her job as a tattoo artist, Cleo is highly active on two well-known social media platforms. In addition, she has also established a small online following.

Cleo Kinnaman now
Cleo Kinnaman now

Cleo has over 800 images on her Instagram and has approximately 215k followers. Additionally, she has a Facebook page with more than 4k followers.


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