A coworker of mine has two skulls tattooed on his body.
He explained that he likes skulls: that to him they are a sign of security, structure, and strength.
Not what I see when I see a skull.
But it would be a mistake for me to assume they mean to him what they mean to me.
Some symbols share a unanimous connotation: nobody wears a swastika thinking that it’s a symbol of peace, and vice versa with a peace sign.
But for other less obvious symbols, it makes sense to be open to a range of interpretation before we assume the worst.