(1) You can get clear stomp pads that don't effect graphics.
(2) I've been riding for 20 years, and I won't be caught dead w/o a stomp pad. I just posted about problems I was having w/o one a few weeks ago. If your top sheet is slippery, and your have bad lift off-ramp conditions, things can get dicey. A little extra help with control can go a long way.
"Nancy Ninja Nabs Nefarious Nymph. Pays Price Per Pissed Pants!" -Flick
"Up, up, my people, let smoke and flame be our sign!"
-The White Rose Society