I believe that the cue makers have gone to great lengths to analyze demographics; and, sub-culture preferences have quite a lot to do with the various "styles" of product that get produced. There is a sub-culture that likes graphics on cues. I don't intend to offend when I say, "Perhaps it is the 16 y/o AC/DC fan sub-culture that likes them and buys them."
Audo hit the nail on the head. There is a market for it. I personally do not like graphics-type cues; but, that does not mean they should not be produced and sold. Obviously, some folks like them and buy them.
Case in point: I am not fond of points with multi-color veneers. Despite MY personal preferrences, producers of production line and custom cues, continue to build and sell them. I absolutely love the McDermott Sedona (Elite Series), McDermott Arizona (Tournament Series) and the Viking F02. I also like almost any cue with turquoise in it.
I'd love to see someone win the International Challenge of Champions with a graphics cue!!! 8O
ALL WORK AND NO POOL MAKES KATO A DULL, HIGH STRUNG, CRANKY, SHORT FUSED, AND GENERALLY ILL TEMPERED BOY.