Harry Styles Inspired James Corden to Cover His Body in Tattoos (But It's Not What You Think)

James Corden: Harry Styles Inspired Late Late Show Host's Tattoos
James Corden and Harry Styles
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03/02/2016 AT 11:05 AM EST

After James Corden forced Harry Styles to get inked on live television late last year, the One Direction heartthrob has returned the favor – sort of.

Corden is dotted in temporary tattoos on the cover of WSJ. Magazine's latest issue, his own brands accompanied by a smattering of designs that include knives, anchors and butterflies.

The black and white photo series includes Corden pouting, showing off his bare midsection and displaying his biceps in a cut-off tank – every inch plastered with the new body art.

The influence? Styles of course.

"Here's my interview in @WSJ it was @Harry_Styles who inspired the look!" the The Late Late Show host tweeted Tuesday.

Corden, 37, has quickly risen in the ranks of Hollywood since taking over the late-night show almost a year ago. The actor's success, he says in the magazine, is partly in thanks to the wildly viral "Carpool Karaoke" series.

"We knew we had to start it with a huge star," Corden says. "I would be on the phone and we would pitch and pitch. No one would do it."

Luckily, Mariah Carey was on board, and other A-listers like Justin Bieber followed suit.

The star says he's spent time making sure publicists know that the Late Late Show is "a safe place, a fun place. ... They don't want their client going, 'What the f--- did you book me on that show for? I looked like an idiot.' "

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"Pretty much all of our guests leave going, 'Oh, that was great fun,' " he says.

A father of two – Max, 4, and Carey, 1 – Corden says he still wants more than just his life-changing "dream jo."

"I'm going to give it a good crack and try to prove that wrong," Corden says of the idea of late-night television being the end if his career trajectory. "I don't know. I can't even tell you what television will look like in 10 years' time."
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