Dim & Dash: Getting Ready to Go Out

by Brett & Kate McKay on June 22, 2012 · 44 Comments

in Dim & Dash, Visual Guides

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1 Stelio Kontos June 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Dim appears to be more physically fit than Dash. All joking aside, I love the “Dim and Dash” comic strips

2 NIref June 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Because Dim does not understand what it means to be a complete man, and over-emphasizes his physique.

3 Hutch June 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm

While I agree that cologne should be very, VERY subtle, Dash looks kind of lame. Dim on the other hand has a respectable incline bench press, can give an awesome best man toast, and wears his hat even while showering. That’s a strong sense of commitment. I must say, I’d totally hang out with Dim.

4 Alpha Male June 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

@ Nlref

By being physically fit you are insinuating that you aren’t a complete man haha? That is an asinine comment. Being fit and muscular only enhances your manly demeanor and helps you exude a sense of confidence. I would bet 95% of women would take a well-educated muscular man over a well-educated slob any day of the week

5 Adam June 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

If that’s the most un-manly way Dim can get ready to go out, I think he’ll be okay… he could’ve done a lot worse.

6 rowdy June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I think of Dash as Jon Hamm on Mad Men and Dim as Jon Hamm in real life…

7 Jim June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

@ Alpha Male

You misunderstood what Nlref was saying. The point he was making was that Dim does not know what it truly means to be a man and therefore compensates with a more masculine appearance. He does not degrade being physically fit itself but rather viewing physical fitness as the pinnacle of manliness. In using the term “Complete Man” he is making the same point that you made at the end of your comment, that it is better if a man is healthy and well educated then if he is only one or the other. Aside from that your comment is correct.

8 Harrington June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love these Dim and Dash cartoons but the comments are always highly ridiculous, full of bizarre over-analysis. It’s a cartoon gentlemen, a CARTOON!

9 Andrew June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

@ Alpha Male

You’re misconstruing NIref’s point. Yours is equally asinine.

10 Celso Araujo June 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Dash should also take a shower before leavind :o)

11 Brian June 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I love these Dim & Dash strips. If Brett and Kate don’t bind their collection into some kind of booklet soon I may have to make a little project out of it and do it myself.

12 Mike June 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Finally, the “authority” speaks on the abhorrent aberration that is Axe Body Spray. Dash wins versus Douche, I mean Dim, any day of the week. Love the site Brett; keep it up!

13 Derek June 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm


That is a ridiculously accurate statement you’ve made.

14 Sophie June 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

This series boasts, I am quite certain, the most gentlemanly comments section on the internet. Hooray for Dim and Dash!

15 Brad June 23, 2012 at 12:15 am


This is the first time I came across these Dim and Dash comparison strips, as I only recently found this excellent website.

So we have the stereotypical good boy up against the bad boy. Unfortunately, many women are attracted to the latter, at least when they are searching for a relationship based on pleasure before marriage.

16 Ted Slampyak June 23, 2012 at 12:39 am


That’s hysterical! I once described Dim & Dash to Brett with that exact same analogy to John Hamm!

17 Dave June 23, 2012 at 3:58 am

Honestly, I’ve loved all of the Dim and Dash comics but this one is just pretentious.

I say that as a guy who hasn’t used body spray since high school but I’m not so full of myself that I’d think less of someone who did.

My point is that all the previous comics have painted Dim as being a bad person (eg, using two parking spaces, mooching drinks, etc) and using body spray doesn’t make you a bad person…

Perhaps not bothering to shower after sport or something would have been more appropriate? Or perhaps retire the comic if there are no more good ideas.

18 Dave June 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

And sorry if it sounds like I’m taking this too seriously but you can’t preach manliness and then basically make fun of all the guys out there who can’t afford a $50 bottle of cologne when a can of body spray costs you $2

19 Lucas June 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

I think it’s the attitude that he has as he performs these acts is what they’re pointing out Dave. They’re not making fun of poor people(or money wise people).

20 Rod June 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

If Brett’s taught us anything, it’s that cologne doesn’t have to be expensive!


Same price as body spray folks and it costs the same.

This is actually my favorite entry in the series. Dim’s all about showing bad man habits, and using body spray is right up there in my book!

21 Rod June 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

Oh, one more thing, even if you do prefer body spray to cologne, just use a little instead of a lot. Dim is taken to task for put a cloud around himself which is obnoxious to others and shows an insecurity about himself and an erroneous belief it will attract girls. Not manly all around. Rich or poor, just a little spray will do ya!

22 Dave June 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

OK, the “cloud” application is something I can agree on haha.

What I suppose I was really getting at though is that Dash is often too straight-laced for my liking. But that’s kind of another story.

23 gautam kapur June 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I guess, the bottomline is DIM’s still a boy….I mean immature, childish…..like those, who think that when they close their eyes, no one can see them……whereas DASH is a man….more mature, head firmly over shoulders…….

24 Cam June 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I think the price point excuse between the struggling guy who can only afford body spray instead of “expensive” cologne is bogus. First off body sprays are way over priced as it is. Second, check out the article about forgotten old school colognes and aftershaves on this site. You can get some Old Spice, that I am willing to bet will last you much longer dabbing instead of bathing with and it is about the same price as axe body spray. Smells better too IMHO.

25 Chuck June 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I love the Dim and Dash posts, but so far we’ve only been able to see how Dim and Dash carry out the mundane tasks of daily life, and it makes Dash look too much like a goody-two-shoes nice guy. I love the strip, but let’s change it up a bit every once in a while. Let’s see how Dim and Dash respond to witnessing an elderly woman’s purse snatched, getting lost on a canoe trip, or saving another person’s life.

26 Ray June 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

“Dim always washes his hands before saving his friends life.”
“Dash uses excessive force when taking back an elderly woman’s purse.”

27 Erthal June 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

The cologne doesn’t solve armpits’ smell of the end of the day. So I prefer to use some deodorant (with weak smell) in the armpits and my favorite cologne.

28 Matt June 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I used to apply cologne like Dim. Then I turned 13.

29 Hunter June 25, 2012 at 1:54 am

Ah, the prepubescent teen smell…

30 Dave June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

“Honestly, I’ve loved all of the Dim and Dash comics but this one is just pretentious.”

They’re ALL pretentious, and kinda douchey

31 Dan June 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

I think the point is, “Don’t cloud yourself in body spray.” Seriously, guys? Don’t get so offended.

I say, well done Brett, Kate, and Ted! Keep it up.

32 Lisbeth June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

There’s no argument to be had here people, really, this is just common sense!

33 Alain Racette June 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Ha! Dim even wears his hat in the shower!

34 JeffC June 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Take heart, Ted: at least they’re not apathetic.

35 Nomadic Samuel June 26, 2012 at 5:33 am

Oh, I’m afraid I’m more often like Dim than I am like Dash :)

36 Brent June 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

To be honest Dash seems like that guy that everybody pretends to like, but they actually make fund of while they are having fun with Dim.

37 Travis June 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

These comics seem like a lot of work for one simple piece of advice… Well made though.

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39 josh knowles July 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

I never thought I’d see so many guys sticking up for the use of body spray. The TV ads are enough to make me want to avoid using it, let alone the smell – particularly when using half the bottle per application.

40 Charlie July 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

@ Dave:

You do realize that they sell knockoff versions of designer colognes at the 99cent store, right?

41 Moeregaard July 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I think these gentlemen are on different missions here. Dash has most likely been set up with a “…really sweet girl with a great sense of humor,” who is most likely the daughter of one of his mother’s friends. Dim is going out to get some real action and possibly wake up in a strange place.

42 Yang July 12, 2012 at 5:10 am

Is aftershave really better than body spray?

43 CoffeeZombie July 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

To those complaining, I’d point out that the issue here is not whether one uses body spray or cologne. The point here is subtlety, which is important in many areas of fashion and/or impressing the ladies, and consideration of others.

Dim here is about as subtle as a brick to the head as he perpetrates olfactory assault on everyone he walks past. Dash goes for a more subtle approach, and doesn’t impose his taste in cologne on the whole room.

As far as body spray vs. cologne, you can over-apply cologne just as easily as you can body spray (I’ve done it by accident before). That’s not the issue.

As a side note, I wish more girls/women would be more like Dash in this scenario as well. When I nearly start choking when a lady walks by, it’s too much perfume.

44 Tinerfeno March 2, 2014 at 4:37 am

Great comic. Yeh, you get the ones who literally break the bottle of cologne on themselves.:

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