The Taste of Ink

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"The Taste of Ink"
Single by The Used
from the album The Used
Released March 10, 2003 (2003-03-10)
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded Foxy Studios, Marina del Rey, CA and Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre Emo, post-hardcore
Length 3:28
Label Reprise
Writer(s) The Used
Producer(s) John Feldmann
The Used singles chronology
"A Box Full of Sharp Objects"
"The Taste of Ink"
"Buried Myself Alive"

"The Taste of Ink" is the second single from The Used's self-titled debut album The Used. The video was released in fall 2002 and the single was released on March 10, 2003.

A demo version exists and was released as part of Demos from the Basement, the original demo CD distributed by the band which was then called Used. The lyrics differ significantly, and the chorus "So here I am..." does not exist in the demo.[1]

The video shows that "The Taste of Ink" is the result of frustration—biting down on a pen. It was directed by The Malloys.[2]

This song became available as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band on April 10, 2010.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Used, except "Alone This Holiday" written by The Used and John Feldmann, mistakenly credited as 'John Feldman'. 

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Taste of Ink"   3:31
2. "Just a Little"   3:28
3. "Alone This Holiday"   2:56
4. "The Taste of Ink" (video) 3:19
Total length:
7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "The Taste of Ink"   3:31
2. "Just a Little"   3:28


Performance credits


Chart (2002/3) Peak
UK Singles Chart[4] 52
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[5] 19

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom March 10, 2003 Reprise 7" vinyl 5439166657, W601
CD single 9362426112, W601CD


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