Alife Pump Tennis

Alife and Reebok have teamed up to redefine the tennis shoe by hybridizing it with a tennis ball. Their Pump Tennis appears to be coated in actual tennis ball felt (click the image to zoom). I don't think it will add much to your game besides distracting your opponent, but will certainly win some cred points. No word yet on availability or edition. Thanks, Al. …

Chuck Anderson, 6 Questions

Twenty year-old wunderkind Chuck Anderson only briefly stumbles when asked for his job title. He explains, "If I say I don't like to have one, I sound like I'm trying to be cool," settling for artist-slash-illustrator over designer. The midwestern mix of sincerity and self-awareness is typical from this Chicago suburbs-based upstart, the first male in four generations of Anderson lineage who's not a clergyman. …

M.I.A. Custom Reeboks

You know we love M.I.A.— as Ranjani put it, she’s a hyper-conscious, ultra-cool, bi- (tri-?) lingual artist that could, in another universe, be a science fiction superhero. Her album Arular is a big hit and her current tour is sold out all over the place. If you haven't heard it, listen now. Among the many things I admire is the range of talents M.I.A. packs …