Magic Cobra Tattoo Society (MCTS) isn’t the kind of shop that’s beholden to only one specific tattoo style. If you can dream it, shop owner Woodz and his crew can tattoo it. Woodz describes his parlor as a tried and true street shop because of the staff's ability to accommodate the needs of any client. Numerous talented artists work at the shop, and while each one of them exercises a wide range of styles, they all have their own fortes. You can get virtually any style tattoo at MCTS — blackwork, black and grey realism, traditional, neo-traditional, and beyond. "We take pride in the fact that we can service anyone who walks through the door," said Woodz. "We want this place to be successful and all have a stake in it. It's like family here."
Located near the cusp of South Williamsburg and Brooklyn's naval yard, MCTS has been cranking out tattoos for over half-a-decade now, having just recently celebrated their fifth anniversary, and the shop itself is a testament to their accomplishment. Once you walk through the front door emblazoned with a segmented cobra that takes after Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die" cartoon, you’ll be surrounded by walls covered with color studies produced over the years by the staff. Though the space is relatively small, it's brimming with artistic productivity. Anywhere from between four to eight artists can be found tattooing at a time, serving a clientele — locals and tourists alike — just as diverse as the body art that they create.
Though every artist at Magic Cobra is flexible in terms of style, if you're after some large scale traditional Japanese or black and grey, then Woodz is your go-to guy. He has over a decade’s worth of experience working in these styles, and the tattoos he produces shows it. His Irezumi is particularly spectacular.
Adam Korothy has been with MCTS since its very beginning. Over the course of the last five years, he has expanded his repertoire significantly and is hands down one of the shop's most well-rounded artists. His work in the traditional style is some of the best in town.
Douglas Grady is another one of MCTS's stronger traditional tattooists. His rock-solid body of work frequently veers a bit further off the beaten path, including quite a few humorous pieces and some that are more eclectic in subject matter.
OL Ash is one of MCTS's more auteur artists because she makes some of the most peculiar vintage pinups ever. Their unusualness flips the often cliche motif on its head, bringing a fun-loving and strange nuance to the longstanding tradition of tattooing attractive female figures.
Christian Cervantes is MCTS's master of black and grey tattoos. He professes an incredibly soft brand of realism and much of his body of work is rooted in the Chicano style. If you're after a gorgeous payasa girl or some Christian imagery, he's definitely the artist for you.
Yovanni Del Rio brings stippled blackwork to the table at MCTS. Like some of his other colleagues, his work has tons of attitude and often engages with bizarre subject matter.
Neo-traditional work is Ulyss Blair's strong suit, and having him on the team is the last part of the puzzle that makes MCTS such a stylistically inclusive shop. His tattoos in this plush genre are some of the very best in all of NYC, especially his highly animated portraits of critters.
Kati Vaughn is one of MCTS's most ingenious artists because of the way she plays with common traditional motifs. Vaughn takes motifs like lady heads and pinups and puts them in the most unexpected of places — Zippos, Chinese takeout containers, and anywhere else she desires.
The Nitty Gritty Details
Magic Cobra Tattoo Society is located at 775 Driggs Ave. Because parking is hard to come by in South Williamsburg, the best way to visit the shop is via public transit. It is nearby the the Marcy stop on the J, M, and Z lines. To make an appointment, contact them at (718) 782-8287, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, go in-person. They are accustomed to having lots of walk-ins, and there are tons of restaurants and entertainment in the area to pass a few hours while waiting for a chair to open up. The shop is open from noon to 10PM, Monday through Saturday.