normally i dig "quiet" top sheets.
for example, i really loved the first gen mantras that were slate black with the orange sidewalls. simple. classy. ominous. nice.
i've always kind of believed that if you are rocking garrish top sheets then you better be a damn good, 210ft cliff hucking, extremist of the Doug Coombs/Shane McConkey variety. but i also believe in the whole "real bad boys move in silence" theory, as well (i.e. really good skiers are low-key and avoid the garrish look).
that said, last summer i plunked down on some extremely garrish skis. The Lib Tech Mt. Baker Parillo Freeride. On their website the skis appeared to be a dark plum hue and came with three different top sheets. One had a blue orangutan on the top, the other had the Lib Tech logo, and the third I believe was just plain plum/purple. I actually ended up with two blue orangutans (they market them as "Narrow Ass Snowboards" and as such they are sold as singles).
Funny thing is that when i got the skis they were irridescent pink. i mean full-on neon. The orangutans are vivid blue. these skis are LOUD and garrish to the extreme.
Now I ski half-assed well, but i felt a bit of a posuer on these things, they are so loud.
After a season on 'em, I feel fine. One of the coolest things is that I have not seen another soul on these skis the entire season and I skied in Utah, Colo, Wyoming, New Mexico, Tahoe, and Mammoth.
the other thing is that the first day i took them out i was "bitching" about how loud they were to my ski partner of the day. we were at Keystone and she took one look at the skis and said "Dude, just shut up and ski. Nobody looks at them when you're on the run 'cause they're covered with snow. Who cares? Let's ride!"
Now while my friend was right in that nobody is looking at them when you're on the run, plenty of people check them out in the lift lines. Snowboarders give me props because I'm rocking a ski made by a respected snowboard company. Little kids dig the bright pink color and the crazy screaming monkeys on the topsheets.
Me, I've gotten used to them and don't find them at all garrish anymore.
Plus I like how they ski, so it really doesn't matter what the top sheet looks like at the end of the day (but i'd be a lying fool to deny that it's cool when folks oogle 'em and make comments about them).