Good artists steal all the time. But not how you think they do.
Let’s pretend artists are flowers.
Average artists look at good artists and copy the head. Slap on some petals and hope it sticks.
Good artists look at other good artists and examine their root structure. Then adopt it to theirs, and grow their own flower head.
Here, the more obvious you are about it, the less effective it is.
Stealing like an artist is taking the deeper things.