i've always thought that being a bit creative with griptape on a skateboard is a good thing. there are millions of different graphics for the bottom of skateboards, but no one ever sees that, and it will always get ruined through use over time. so why have a plain black top, when you could have anything!
obviously the use of a laser cutter makes this example much easier than it would be by hand, but it doesn't mean its not possible. a bit of thinking, and a lot of time with scissors and a scalpel, and you're sorted!
link to paisley griptape on shootdesign projects