Skip to main content

tattoo rw

The next-generation printer for rewritable cards

Tattoo RW is an Evolis card printer for single-sided rewritable cards. It effortlessly matches all your expectations when it comes to flexibility, affordability, sustainable development, and regular data updates.

The ideal solution to issue rewritable cards
  • Visitor’ details on an access control badge
  • Transit passes, travel cards
  • Passes for ski and holiday resorts
  • Student IDs
  • Membership cards with subscription details
  • Loyalty cards with the updated number of points, as well as applicable special offers.
With Tattoo RW, your cards are updated whenever required, while a same card can be erased, revised and printed anew up to 500 times.



You can deliver a new card anytime it is required! The erase/write cycle is extremely fast and you can erase, encode, and reprint new data in a matter of seconds.

A cost-efficient solution

This revolutionary rewritable technology requires no ribbon, which translates into valuable savings. No need to throw away your cards each time you need an update: erase and reprint only updated data on your existing card!


Tattoo RW adheres to sustainable development. It uses rewritable cards and requires no ribbon: Tattoo RW helps you reduce your environmental footprint.

Data updates

Now with Tattoo RW, data encoded on magnetic stripes or on contactless chips can also be displayed and updated on the card surface. For example, loyalty points can be printed on a card and updated at each checkout.

How does it work?

Tattoo RW is a ribbon-free printer that uses rewritable cards. Such cards contain a thermochromatic material that turns visible, or vanishes, according to the applied temperature.This reversible process makes it possible to erase and print on the same card up to 500 times.
Your card turns into a powerful medium that displays temporary or updatable data such as bonus points and special offers on a loyalty card, or the name and relevant details of visitors on a corporate badge.

Main specifications

  • Single-sided printing
  • Rewritable Technology (up to 500 times)
  • Monochrome printing
  • Print cycle : 8 seconds
  • Encoding options : magnetic stripes, contactless smart cards
  • Compatible with XP, Vista, Win7, Win8
  • 2 years (printer and print head), limited to 15,000 inserted cards (Subject to observance of specific conditions and use of Evolis genuine consumables)


Hight performance and versatile

Sustain your cards on a daily basis and in the long-term. Thanks to Tattoo RW, the card becomes a reusable medium and a dynamic means of communication. Tattoo RW allows you to have the information on your cards, whether printed or encoded evolve in a few seconds. The available options and settings allow it to adapt to the majority of people!

Ecological & cost-effective

An initial investment offered at its lowest price, adapted applications and a rich and competitive card offer. Tattoo perfectly responds to the needs and expectations of those who wish to lower the cost per card to a minimum and who are looking for a solution concerned with the environment.

Compact & ergonomic

Thanks to its design, Tattoo RW finds its place in all types of environment. It is particularly adapted to receptions where it wil instantly personalise loyalty cards, visitor badges or bus/train tickets.

Reliable and resistant

Tattoo RW benefits from Evolis know-how and quality standards


Tattoo ReWrite is available with magnetic stripe, contactless Smart cards encoding options. This options can be combined within the same printer.

Part #Product Description
Basic printer, without option, USB and Ethernet
Printer with HICO/LOCO magnetic encoder, USB and Ethernet
Printer with contactless smart card reader / encoder, USB
Printer with HICO/LOCO magnetic encoder and contactless coupler , USB



  • 300 dpi print head for premium quality printing (11.8 dots/mm)
  • USB & Ethernet connections
  • 16 MB RAM
  • Detachable feeder with a capacity of 100 cards (0.76 mm or 30 mil)
  • Detachable output hopper with a capacity of 15 cards (0.76 mm or 30 mil)
  • 1-Button and 4-LED control panel
  • Brilliant Blue cover


Encoding options
  • HiCo/LoCo Magnetic stripe encoder ISO 7811 or JIS2
  • Contactless encoder ISO14443A & B, Mifare, DesFire (USB connection)
Print Mode
  • Direct thermal printing and erasing on rewritable material
  • Maximum print area: 48 mm x 76 mm (1.89" x 2.99")
Erasing & Printing speed
  • 8 seconds (manual)
  • 12 seconds (card feeder)
  • 3-Track ISO magnetic encoding: 4 seconds per card
Card feeding
  • Manual card insertion and delivery
  • Card-feeder insertion and delivery to removable hopper
  • Automated Mode: selects a card from the feeder if no card is inserted manually
Card format CR-80 – ISO 7810 (53.98 mm x 85.60 mm – 2.125" x 3.37")
Card type

Rewritable thermochromic material

  • Mitsubishi Black & Blue
  • Ricoh upon request
  • Other material upon request and validation
Card thickness From 0.5 mm to 0.76 mm (20 to 30 mil)
Resident fonts
  • Arial 100, Arial bold 100
    Barcode – Code 39, 2/5 interleaved
Supported platforms
  • Windows 7 (32 & 64 bits), XP and Vista (32 & 64 bits)
  • Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2000 drivers available upon request - depending on system configuration
Interface USB & Ethernet (USB cable supplied)
Printer form factor
  • Without output hopper: 166 mm (6.54") (H) x 290 mm (11.42") (L) x 187 mm (7.36") (W)
  • With output hopper: 166 mm (6.54") (H) x 368 mm (14.49") (L) x 187 mm (7.36") (W)
Printer weight 2.4 Kg (5.3 lbs)
Power supply
  • Power supply: 100/240 V AC, 1.8 A, 50-60 Hz
  • Printer: 24 V DC, 3 A
Environmental conditions
  • Min/Max operating temperature: 15°/30°C (59°/86° F)
    Humidity: 20% to 65% non-condensing
    Min/Max storage temperature: -5°/+70°C (23°/158° F)
    Storage humidity: 20% to 70% non-condensing
    Operating ventilation: free air
Warranty 2 years (printer and print head), limited to 15,000 inserted cards*

*Subject to observance of specific conditions and use of Evolis genuine consumables