If San Francisco had a supply shop for alchemists, it would probably look a lot like Sinopia. This little store on the edge of the Mission is stocked with bottles and powders from around the world. The merchandise? Pigments of all shades and hues. Artists, artisans and art restoration experts mix these colors with oil or other binders to create paints or add an extra burst of color to their projects.
Watch the video above to hear Sinopia owner Alex Warren talk about his passion for collecting pigments and describe some of the rarer ones found on his shelves.