This isn't much of a topic, sorry, but I did have a weird thought that felt oddly visceral, and wanted to share.
Burials is a dark album. And now, basically half of Davey's body is black. It's like he moved from the audible to the visual in his expression of whatever it is he's trying to get out.
Whether or not this is at all relevant to the actual reason he blacked out his tattoos, it made a strong association in my mind based on the burials imagery for some reason.
Does this make sense or am I a raving lunatic?