I'm actually fine with the pips, I know there are a few complaints about it.
The style he's going for is the old west style and the flair on the bottom of the pips is an old timey flair that fits right in.
It kind of reminds me of the Gold Coast Casino Logo:
I'd suggest maybe making the flair a tad more subdued so it doesn't distract from the more important parts of the pip.
Either make it a little smaller or fill it in as appropriate to have it blend in a little better.
I think that might be a fair compromise.