Encounters : Mickey Boardman: Maintaining Up With His Followers

October 24th, 2013

At a number of minutes past six very last Thursday night, Mickey Boardman arrived for Paper Magazine’s yearly Nightlife Awards at Marquee. Mr. Boardman, the magazine’s editorial director, was wearing a black Lacoste shirt, Missoni for Converse sneakers, a Missoni for Goal cardigan (“Someone tweeted that Cate Blanchett wore it in ‘Blue Jasmine’ ”) and oversize Prada women’s sun shades transformed to very clear prescription lenses, and he was carrying a Stella McCartney bag. In his hand was his omnipresent Iphone.

“You by no means know how well-liked you are until you are having a social gathering and every lovable homosexual in New York is texting you,” he stated with a theatrical sigh.

Mr. Boardman, forty seven, who described himself as “round,” “bald” and “cartoonish,” was easy to location, an instantly recognizable figure from fashion’s entrance rows, uptown dinner get-togethers or his yearly getaway with titled aristocrats in Marbella, Spain. Tonight he would host the occasion with the comedian Chelsea Handler, and in nevertheless an additional signature outfit: a Narciso Rodriguez sleeveless sparkle leading and a L’Wren Scott sparkle cardigan. (As Mr. Boardman place it, “My favored color is shiny.”)

As he walked into the Chelsea club, Ciara, the cover woman of the September concern of Paper, was rehearsing with a band. Mr. Boardman wrangles the famous people for the addresses, hires the photographers and stylists, and supervises the bigger shoots.  The singer stopped midsong, and shouted, “Hey, Mickey!” just before bending down to kiss him. “She’s very trend,” he famous.

Mr. Boardman waited to go via a rehearsal, despite the fact that his only query to the event’s producer was about locating the stairs to the phase. If he was anxious about his starring gig, he was not declaring. “I have the inverse of phase fright,” he stated. “I’m only cozy on stage. I reveal factors on stage that I would not inform my closest friend.”

His stage now consists of Twitter, the place @AskMrMickey has much more than 42,seven hundred followers ranging from The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel to Bravo’s Andy Cohen to the socialite Marjorie Gubelmann. Mia Farrow adopted and then unfollowed him. “I’m a latecomer to Instagram,” he stated. “I cannot snooze at evening attempting to determine out how to build my Instagram adhering to.”

The indefatigable @AskMrMickey (far more than 77,300 tweets) retains followers abreast in real time on what tv he is viewing (“Mr Magoo’s Xmas Carol. That is what I call holiday entertainment!”), current occasions (“Some say it’s our Proper to have a gun. I say it’s a kid’s Appropriate to go to the mall to see Batman with out obtaining GUNNED down”), observational humor (“ ‘I wish I got more e-mails inviting me to connect on LinkedIn!’ said no a single at any time in history”) and existence lessons from “The Golden Girls” (“Blanche: ‘Go on with no you? Honey this is not a wagon prepare it is a double day. It does not function that way.’ #GoldenGirls”).

He also tweets usually about his favorite pornographic film stars, like Fran?ois Sagat and Boomer Banking companies (“My interest in gay grownup movie stars is not purely perverted horniness! I think porn stars are the bigger than daily life superstars of nowadays!”), but he sometimes wonders regardless of whether he goes way too considerably. “I bear in mind when I was likely to retweet one thing particularly insane,” he said, but he imagined to himself as he had his finger on the button: Does Marjorie Gubelmann truly need to have to read through about this bisexual bodybuilder porn star and his transgender girlfriend’s high jinks?

Following consulting with Ms. Gublemann, who instructed him not to keep back, he sent it.

Raised in suburban Chicago, Mr. Boardman said he was attending Parsons the New University for Design and style (he currently experienced a diploma in Spanish from Purdue College) when he joined Paper Journal as an intern nearly 22 many years back. “He’s a fantastic connector and a fantastic folks individual — he’s Mr. Mickey,” said David Hershkovits, the co-founder of Paper. “I’m the a single who encouraged him to go on Twitter: ‘This is perfect for you. Just do it, do it, do it.’ ”

When the doors opened at 8 p.m., Mr. Boardman initially perched on prime of a banquette and spent his time before the present greeting, texting and tweeting, such as one particular put up about a go-go boy (“Meeting one of my Instagram crushes vasaboy with Michael Musto”).

Mr. Boardman was thrilled to see Brian Antoni, the creator of “South Seashore: The Novel,” and informed him he would text him to consider to meet up with up the up coming working day in SoBe (“He wrote this remarkable novel”). He was knocked over by the appear of Honey Dijon, the home-tunes D.J., who was donning Louis Vuitton pajamas accomplished as a collaboration with the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, and kissed Ladyfag, the night-existence impresario, whose facet slits on her skirt prolonged to her waistline, revealing buttock cleavage (“She is the most incredible man or woman. She throws wonderful events.”).

The genuine award demonstrate was tightly paced and filled with films. Mr. Boardman and Ms. Handler joked and declared the winners, which included Bang On! NYC (Very best Promoter), #Been #Trill (Greatest Indie Designer With a Nightlife Impact), OTB (Best New Bar), SHADE (Ideal Celebration), Bossa Nova Civic Club (Very best New Club) and Maison O (Very best New Cafe With a Nightlife Scene).

Mr. Boardman did not tweet from on the phase. Thankfully, others in the capability crowd of 600 up to date his followers. (“I don’t consume. I have been a sober sissy for 16 many years.” @askmrmickey. “At the very least you’ve had a problem — which is important.” @chelseahandler.)

Before going on stage, Ms. Handler, who had never invested time ahead of with her co-host, stated, “He’s thinner than I thought.” After showing up with each other, she came back with an addendum. “Mickey has a glowing coronary heart,” she explained. “He’s a sweet gentleman.”

Mr. Boardman danced without having looking at his Iphone for most of Ciara’s overall performance, then put in the remainder of the night mingling and posing and ironic twerking.

“When I was younger, if I desired to insult a get together, I’d say, ‘Wow, that was like a wedding ceremony or bar mitzvah,’ ” he explained. “And I woke up a single working day, and to me that is like the greatest compliment. I just want to be with individuals I like and listening to enjoyable dance tunes that I can dance to.” Then Mr. Boardman pointed out a critical difference referring to popular society. “This wasn’t like a wedding or a bar mitzvah,” he stated. “This was like a glamorous, amazing, million-greenback sweet 16 party like on MTV.”

At twelve:fifty two a.m., Mr. Boardman’s followers got an update on the evening. Mr. Mickey sent out a tweet and his current conundrum: “Of program alternatively of packing for my trip tomorrow I’m watching the finale of #ProjectRunway. #TeamJustin.”

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