Good artists steal all the time.
But not how you think they do.
Lets pretend artists are flowers.
A bad artist will look at another good artist, and copy the head. Slap some petals on their forehead and hope it sticks.
A good artist will look at another good artist and examine the root structure. Then they’ll adopt it to theirs, and grow their own flower head.
You see the more obvious you are about it, the less effective it is.
Stealing like an artist is about taking the deeper things.
Then it can be more authentically yours.