What's in a name?

What's in a name?
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Plenty, if you have a name like Batman Suparman. Batman, who has a fan club online, made the headlines this week when he was jailed for theft. BENSON ANG finds other S'poreans with unusual names and discovers what it's like to grow up with unusual monikers

Picasso Tan

39, creative director of Picasso International Productions and former wushu champion

He shares a name with famous artist Pablo Picasso, but when he was in school, he actually failed art.

Mr Tan says: "I can't draw for nuts! I felt quite embarrassed that I couldn't 'live up' to the name.

His parents got the name from a Chinese medium.

He says: "They are not educated, and I don't think they knew who Picasso was. I myself didn't know until I was in secondary school and discovered he founded the Cubist movement."

"I have examined his paintings in books but I never was very crazy about him.

"I do find his art interesting though, especially Cubism. It's so complex that even today people are trying to figure out what he was trying to achieve."

In his younger days, Mr Tan used his Chinese name. His peers didn't know about his English name.

He says: "I went to Hua Yi Primary School.

"Back then, people didn't ask and I didn't tell them. I didn't think they knew about Picasso.

"Truth be told, I was also a little scared that they would tease me because of my name."

But when he started going to Anglo-Chinese Junior College, he felt ready to come out as "Picasso Tan."

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