I think the striped tips add a lighthearted touch to a timeless style. It’s an intelligent fashion choice, artfully done to match the intense blacks of Badtz-Maru’s face, arms, and legs. THEN all of a sudden there’s this playful little Keroppi peeking through the striped crimson and alabaster-tipped bars, stubbornly insisting that standard designs should be binky-ed all over. The look is SO you and thats what it should be all about. It’s awesome!