No, it's not what it sounds like. It's just one of those quippy titles to peak your interest.
So I'm reading this book Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (you've probably heard of it), and boy have I been learning a lot. It starts with a quote from Picasso stating "Art is theft," and walks the reader through the creative process and the myth of originality.
I've been starting to branch out of photography and graphic design to explore painting and drawing. But in this new world, I'm lost. I know what I like, but I don't know how to make my own thing. But Austin has been there and told me that the first step is to start copying the art I love.
Here are some of the artists I've been reverse-engineering:
Who are you stealing from?