Boardman was raised in Hanover Park, Illinois and graduated from Purdue University in 1989 with a degree in Spanish. After school, he spent a year in Madrid, Spain teaching before moving to New York City to study fashion design at The Parsons School of Design. Since 1993, he has written the advice column “Ask Mr. Mickey” in PAPER Magazine. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Out and German Vogue. Boardman is an active commentator on the New York social/fashion scene and appears as a cultural commentator, lifestyle expert and fashion guru for networks like VH-1, A & E, CNN, Style Channel, E! and Fox News.
Boardman was recognized as one of New York magazine’s “Most Photographed Faces in New York” and voted by Fashion Week Daily as one of the most-invited people. Boardman has been featured in magazines and books like Smile i-D: Fashion & Style, 20 years of I-D Magazine, Simon Doonan’s Eccentric Glamour, Contrast Magazine and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week. Also a philanthropist, Boardman has been active in many charitable efforts including Mr. Mickey’s Sidewalk Sale, Doctors Without Borders, Coalition for the Homeless and Red Cross earthquake relief for Haiti and Chile. Boardman is a dedicated supporter of Citta, a charity that builds schools, clinics and women's cooperatives in India and Nepal.
- Wall Street Journal: "'J.Lo of India' Draws a Crowd Downtown" By Adrienne Gaffney January 18, 2014
- New York Times: "The Natural History Museum of Mickey" By JACOB BERNSTEIN December 13, 2012
- New York Times: "Mickey Boardman: Keeping Up With His Followers" By MARY BILLARD October 23, 2013
- Buzz Feed: "From Parsons To Paper Mag: How Mickey Boardman Made It In Fashion" by Amy Odell July 15, 2013
- "Ask Mr. Mickey". Paper Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- Doonan, Simon & Roxanne Lowit (2008). Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You. Simon and Schuster. pp. 87–92.
- Hastreiter, Kim, David Hershkovits and John Waters (1999). From AbFab to zen: PAPER's guide to pop culture. New York, New York: Paper Pub. Co.
- "The Most Powerful People in New York- The Most Photographed Faces of 2010". New York Magazine. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- Magazine, Contrast. "Contrast Magazine". Contrast Magazine. Michael D. Monroe. Retrieved 8 March 2016.