A local tattoo parlor and I are discussing some portrait shots of their team for some new web biographies they have been thinking of putting together. I offered my services to help get some more experience and portfolio work. They want to do some silly/serious portraits. Almost like they are old mobsters. I was thinking of approaching the shots with a similar style as this picture i found on the web. http://fc19.deviantart.com/fs14/i/2007/098/e/a/Niles___Dark_Portrait_by_LorettaMay.jpg My question is how can I achieve this affect cheaply? I was thinking i could do it with a dark black sheet in the background with perhaps a bright light reflecting off something to the left of the subject. Or would direct light be better? Perhaps no light and just capture the light given off by an external flash? Im new to lighting and currently working my way through strobist's lighting 101 guide. Looking for a little extra help from the more experienced. Thanks.